Qunu: Minister arrives to supervise
Minister Thulas Nxesi is in Qunu to supervise teams preparing for Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
QUNU - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi is in Qunu to supervise his team working on arrangements for Nelson Mandela's funeral, which will take place on Sunday 15 December.
The former president passed away at his Houghton home exactly a week ago at the age of 95.
Tata Madiba's body is currently lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria after which it will be transported to the rural village Madiba called home and handed over to his family to be buried.
Around 4,000 people are expected to attend the state funeral, which is set to be held on the Mandela's Qunu property.
However, only an estimated 400 people will be allowed to go to the actual burial site after the official proceedings.
Nxesi says his department is responsible for infrastructure and logistics for Madiba's funeral, adding that the rainy weather has made it difficult for contractors who are working on the property.
"Although we would have loved to finish at least two days before for the infrastructure to be inspected and certified, there's no panic. We'll be able to finish."
There's an increased presence of soldiers, police and contractors in and around Qunu and there's a security perimeter around Mandela's house.