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Nelson Mandela's gravesite to be opened to the public

Jul 13, 2015
Nelson Mandela's gravesite to be opened to the public

Former president Nelson Mandela’s gravesite in Qunu, in the Transkei, will eventually be opened to the public by his family, the Sunday Times reported.

“It is something that will happen in the future,“ Ndileka Mandela, the oldest grandchild of the statesman who died in December 2013, told the Sunday newspaper.

“It would be selfish of the family to say that we’ll close it to the public, because Madiba was a people’s person…  At some point we will open it to the general public.”

However, another grandchild, Ndaba Mandela did say it would still “take some time” as various processes would have to be followed.

Grandson Mandla Mandela confirmed discussions about the matter were underway.  He also said that the ANC and various sectors of the government would be consulted.

“I don’t think this is a family issue only.  There has to be a dialogue,” he was quoted as saying by the Sunday Times.

Mandela, who died at the age of 95, is buried on a hill in his childhood Qunu homestead in rural Eastern Cape.