Friday, December 18, 2009

Funeral arrangements for late former health minister finalised

By Ofentse Mokae
18 December 2009

The Presidency has announced today that the late former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang will be given a special official funeral.

In a statement the presidency says the funeral will be held at the Catholic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Charles Nqakula, former defence minister, now the government spokesperson for the funeral arrangements, says President Jacob Zuma has asked that flags, nationally, be flown at half mast in her honour.

Nqakula says the cortege will be dressed in the African National Congress flag.

He told the media a private night vigil would beheld at the Msimang family home on Monday.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will address an official memorial service for Thabalala-Msimang in the Pretoria City Hall on the same day.

Dr Mantombazana Elizabeth Tshabalala-Msimang died on Wednesday afternoon after suffering complications as a result of her liver transplant she had two years ago.

She died at the age of 69 at the Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre, in Parktown, Johannesburg.


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