Heads of state and VIPs for funeral
A HANDFUL of heads of state, former heads of state and members of royalty, mostly from African countries, will attend the state funeral of Nelson Mandela tomorrow in Qunu.
Most countries sent representatives to pay their respects to Mandela at Tuesday’s memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Soweto. Comparatively few will travel to the Eastern Cape.
“It is comforting to have among us leaders and other dignitaries representing the international community during this time of bidding our final farewells to Madiba,” International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said in a statement. AMONG THOSE ATTENDING: ● Joyce Banda – President of
Malawi. ● Jakaya Kikwete – President of
Tanzania. ● Guy Scott – Vice-President of
Zambia. ● Mohammad Shariatmadari – Vice
President of Iran. ● Maria Nyerere – former first lady
of Tanzania. ● Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma – chairwoman of the African Union Commission. ● Kenneth Kaunda – former
president of Zambia. ● Lionel Jospin – former prime
minister of France. ● Alain Juppe – former prime
minister of France. ● Roeland van der Geer – head of
the EU in South Africa. ● King Letsie III – King of Lesotho. ● Charles, Prince of Wales – Great
Britain. ● Prince Albert and Princess
Charlene of Monaco. ● Oprah Winfrey – US. ● Rev Jesse Jackson – US.