Zuma cancels Mvezo Mandela Day visit

Mandla Mandela told EWN that the president will no longer attend Mandela Day celebrations in Mvezo.

An open-air exhibit of Nelson Mandela at Mvezo Great Place. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

QUNU - President Jacob Zuma will no longer be attending Mandela Day celebrations in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape, Mandla Mandela said on Tuesday.

Former president Nelson Mandela turns 95 on Thursday.

A number of projects have been arranged for the community of Mvezo, the place where Madiba was born.

Two massive white marquees were set up in the area ahead of Zuma's visit.

The president was expected to unveil a new bridge that was built in the area.

Speaking to Eyewitness News , Mandla says Zuma's diary could no longer permit the visit.

"He has other engagements that have come up and he has asked to postpone [the trip] for another date."

Zuma will however be in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday to harvest crops with the Dutywa community.

Meanwhile, a security briefing was held at Mandla's homestead ahead of the celebrations.

Government officials, police and community members gathered to discuss arrangements for Thursday.

The nation is gearing up for the biggest Mandela Day yet.

Mandla says he will be dedicating his time to help the community.

"We will be working as early as eight in the morning to give food parcels to the most impoverished families in and around the area."