Govt. declares week of moruning for Mandela

11 Dec 2013 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 11 DEC (NAMPA) – The Government of Namibia has declared a week of mourning in honour and respect of the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former president of South Africa.
Madiba, as Mandela was also known, died at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday last week after a long battle against lung infection.
He was 95.
The grieving process in Namibia started on Wednesday this week, and ends on 15 December 2013.
“It will only be known by Thursday what type of status the late Mandela will be accorded in Namibia,” the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Mbeuta Uandjaraka told Nampa on Wednesday.
A memorial service will take place on Thursday at 15h00 in Parliament Gardens to pay homage to Mandela, whom Uandjaraka described as “one of the African icons of the liberation struggle and Messenger of Peace”.
On Tuesday, global leaders, including Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba and his predecessor Sam Nujoma, attended a memorial service for Mandela in Johannesburg.
Mandela will be laid to rest in his village Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.