Mandela burial a private 'family matter': Official
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - 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 said.
"The family has indicated they want to make the burial a family matter," Williams said.