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05 Jun 2011 18:36
The official funeral of ANC veteran Albertina Sisulu will take place on Saturday at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, the Presidency announced on Sunday.
Several memorial services would take place during the week, with the official memorial service scheduled to take place at the Tshwane City Hall on Thursday at 2pm, said Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane.
A vigil was scheduled to be held on Friday at the Holy Cross Church in Soweto from 7pm.
Chabane said condolence books would be available from Monday morning to allow people to record their thoughts and feelings for Sisulu.
The books would be available at the Union Buildings in Pretoria,Tuynhuys in Cape Town, the Sisulu residence in Orlando West, Soweto, and the the Sisulu residence in Linden, Johannesburg.
“Let me once again take this opportunity ... to express our condolences to the Sisulu family following the passing away of Mama Albertina Sisulu,” Chabane said at a media briefing on Sunday.
“She dedicated her life to serving this nation selflessly.
We appreciate the overwhelming expressions of condolence, support and admiration for Mama Sisulu that have been recorded across the country and around the world.
Sisulu died at the age of 92 in her Linden home on Thursday.
“Mama Albertina Sisulu was a national leader and it is befitting that we accord her a dignified funeral which is befitting for a leader of her stature,” he said.
Media accreditation for the funeral would be facilitated by the government from Monday.
“We appreciate the dignity with which the media have conducted themselves since Mama Sisulu’s passing,” said Chabane.
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