It was reported from Johannesburg that Nelson Mandela’s funeral cortege is going to pass through the streets of the capital Pretoria for three days straight. This was reported by the South African government on Saturday. They stated that this is being done so that more people can join in.
While talking about Mandela’s funeral cortege, a government spokesman stated:
“Every morning, when the remains leave the mortuary to the lying in state, those routes will be made public. We are going to be encouraging members of the public to be lining the streets.”
There is going to be a ten-day remembrance for the former president and the lying in state is going to be a part of those ten days. The former president died on Thursday after reaching the age of 95. Moreover, it was also reported that in honour of Mandela’s legacy, both houses of the parliament are going to be recalled from recess for a special joint sitting.
A memorial service will also take place on the following day and it is expected to take place in a stadium in Soweto, with a capacity of more than 90,000 people.
This is the same stadium where Mandela made his last major public appearance and the place is known as the “Soccer City” stadium.
Mandela is going to get buried on December 15th in Qunu, a town in Eastern Cape where he grew up.