Books of condolences for Ma Mbeki

The first book was opened at the Mbeki home in the Eastern Cape yesterday.

The first book was opened at the Mbeki home in the Eastern Cape yesterday.

JOHANNESBURG - Books of condolences have been opened for the late mother of former president Thabo Mbeki in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Epainette Mbeki died on Saturday at a hospital in East London at the age of 98.

The first book was opened at the Mbeki home in the Eastern Cape yesterday.

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation's Miranda Strydom said, "We have one at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation in Killarney and the last one is in Unisa."

Epainette will be laid to rest in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Epainette will receive a special official funeral in the Eastern Cape at the weekend.

Spokesperson in the Presidency Mthunzi Mhaga said the honour of a Special Provincial Official Funeral is reserved for distinguished citizens who have made a meaningful contribution to the country.