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Mandela village under lockdown ahead of burial

Published on Dec 12, 2013 4:57 PM
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South African military personnel keep guard around the perimeter of Nelson Mandela's property in Qunu, located in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa on Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013. South African troops and mounted police patrolled Mr Mandela's boyhood home of Qunu on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013, with the village under virtual security lockdown ahead of the peace icon's burial there at the weekend. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

QUNU, South Africa (AFP) - South African troops and mounted police patrolled Nelson Mandela's boyhood home of Qunu on Thursday, with the village under virtual security lockdown ahead of the peace icon's burial there at the weekend.

Thousands of high profile mourners, including numerous heads of state are expected to descend on the remote location in Eastern Cape province where Mandela will finally be laid to rest on Sunday.

Since the beginning of the week, workers have been busy preparing the site outside the small backwater town of Mthatha.

Heavy rain since Tuesday has hampered but not stopped construction of a large, white dome-shaped marquee, where the funeral service will be held.

 
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