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Mandela burial a private `family matter`, says South African govt

South Africans will not be able to see Nelson Mandela`s remains being laid to rest, with his actual burial a strictly private, family affair, a government spokeswoman said on Friday.



Johannesburg: South Africans will not be able to see Nelson Mandela`s remains being laid to rest, with his actual burial a strictly private, family affair, a government spokeswoman said on Friday.
At least 5,000 people, including foreign dignitaries and senior political figures, are expected to attend Sunday`s funeral ceremony in Mandela`s boyhood home Qunu.

Once the initial public service has been completed, however, the moment of interment will, at the family`s request, be a purely private affair, spokeswoman Phumla Williams told.

"The family has indicated they want to make the burial a family matter," Williams said.

"They don`t want it to be televised. They don`t want people to see when the body is taken down."

After three days of lying in state in the capital Pretoria, Mandela`s casket will be flown to Qunu early tomorrow morning.

A special stage and marquee have been erected for the two-hour public funeral service which begins at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) on Sunday.

As of last day evening, 3,000 members of the media had already descended on the remote site in the Eastern Cape.

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