Monday 9 December 2013 21:00
US President Barack Obama and his entourage are arriving in South Africa on Tuesday morning. Obama is travelling with former President George W. Bush to Johannesburg to attend Nelson Mandela memorial service at the FNB stadium.
Former Presidents, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton, Clinton's wife Hillary and 26 congressmen will also attend.
South African National Defence Force (SANDF) spokesperson Brig. Xolani Mabanga says South Africa cannot confirm the arrival and departure times of dignitaries attending Madiba's memorial service and funeral on Sunday.
“Well, about the rest of the list that you have, as well as indication of arrival time or departure times for the heads of states, that's something else.”
Madiba will be buried at Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday. Mabanga says so far the SANDF has no concern regarding overall safety during the Madiba burial period.
“Well any concerns will be determined by the weather. But in as far as any eventuality the SANDF, together with South African Police Service (Saps) and other state security departments, are ready to manage that.”