Will this be the biggest funeral in history? Mandela to have 10-day state memorial and Obama, Clinton and Cameron are expected to attend service on Sunday, December 15
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By Linda Ensor The deployment of an estimated 11894 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) during the funeral service for former president Nelson Mandela between December 6 and December 20 was expected to have cost R122m President Jacob Zuma disclosed in letters to Parliament. The letters to National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu and National Council of Provinces chairman Mninwa Mahlangu were published on Thursday in the daily parliamentary papers. The president is obliged in terms of the constitution to inform Parliament of his decision to deploy troops either inside or outside South Africa. The letters said the members of the SANDF would be employed together with the South African Police Service to maintain law and order during Mr Mandelas funeral service. Meanwhile in a written reply to a question by Democratic Alliance member of the National Council of Provinces Herman Groenewald on the operating costs of Mr Zumas sprawling homestead in Nkandla Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said his department has to date not incurred costs for the running of the property except for electricity payments. The Department of Public Works is in the process of putting in place a maintenance plan for the state property for 2014 going forward. Details will be available at a later date the minister said. Top News
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World figures such as Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama are expected to attend parts of the memorial, as are celebrities such as Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey.
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S.African royals concerned at Mandela family ‘instability’
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Cape Town (AFP) – The tribal royal house in South Africa of which Nelson Mandela was a member on Sunday expressed concern at “instability” in the icon’s family and urged calm as his estate is settled. The AbaThembu royal family called the meeting in Qunu where Mandela was buried on December 15 and “shared their concern” amid reports of internal strife and warring over his estate. “We advised the family members to remain calm, respect the administration of the estate and ensure that all the assets remain where they are until the processes are finalised,” said a statement. The meeting held on Friday decided that elders must attend all family meetings “until further notice”, it added. “We also felt that we owe the South Africans apology for allowing a state of turmoil to begin in the house of the statesman and the world icon who sacrificed his life for all South Africans, Africans and the world.” Local media last week reported to squabbling over Mandela’s estate and that his widow Graca Machel had faced rejection and abuse and was told to leave the Johannesburg home she shared with Mandela once he died. View gallery Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, attends a Farewell Service for South African former p The royals threw their backing behind Machel who they said represented Mandela “in all matters of the Mandela family”. “Immediate family members must mourn and their actions must resemble the dignity that Madiba deserves,” said spokesman Daludumo Mtirara, referring to Mandela’s clan name. The meeting also backed Mandela’s grandson Mandla as head of the family, dismissing as “disrespectful” his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s naming of his surviving daughter Makaziwe in the position. Madikizela-Mandela earlier this month denied there was a dynastic battle within the extensive family. But the Mandela family is no stranger to drama, with reports surfacing of a renewed feud shortly after the icon’s funeral.
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South Africa prepares for Nelson Mandela’s funeral, memorial; President Obama, former President Bush, other world leaders to attend
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