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Mandela museum appears far from finished

The museum was expected to open its doors tomorrow to mark the first anniversary of the global icon’s death.

Construction underway at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mvezo on 4 December 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Nelson Mandela's grandson and Chief of Mvezo, Mandla, is expected to shed light on why the museum celebrating his grandfather's childhood is not yet open.

The Nelson Mandela Museum was expected to open its doors tomorrow to mark the first anniversary of the global icon's death.

But Eyewitness News can confirm that construction is still underway at the site.

WATCH:Scramble to complete Mandela museum

EWN received a frosty welcome at the construction site of the museum.

The museum is one of three in the Eastern Cape, of which only one is currently open to the public.

A family spokesperson, who only identified himself as Papi, barred reporters from entering or taking photos on the property.

From a distance, the beautifully structured museum building blends in well with the Xhosa-style design and colour scheme of Chief Mandla Mandela's homestead.

Papi refused to answer any questions, only saying that Mandla may give some clarity on Saturday, when he's back from official engagements.

Tomorrow, the nation will mark exactly one year since the former president passed away, with events planned countrywide.

The global icon passed away peacefully at his Houghton home at the age of 95 on 5 December 2013.

He was buried in the rural village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape at a funeral service attended by 4,000 people.

The museum is expected to exhibit a more culturally nuanced side of Madiba's life.