Today’s History: The State Funeral Programme For The Late Nelson Mandela

Today’s History: The State Funeral Programme For The Late Nelson Mandela [LOOK]

By Idoreyin Sampson | Sub-Editor on December 15, 2013

This is an historic event holding today, the State Funeral Programme for the late iconic leader and former president of Nelson Mandela. We thought the funeral programme would interest our leaders and is something to preserve for posterity.

Funeral Programme of Nelson Mandela The Trent


Family Valedictory Service – Rev V Nyobole

Opening Devotions

Viewing of the bodyHomily;  Draping of the casket; Placing of the casket on the gun carriage and forming up of procession; Procession departs for the marquee


Funeral Service

National Anthem; Opening devotions: Bishop D Dabula

Madiba Family Representative – Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima

Close friend – Mr Ahmed Kathrada

Reading of the Obituary

Tribute by the children and grandchildren: Ms Nandi Mandela

Tribute by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (AU Chairperson)

Tribute by President Joyce Banda (SADC Chairperson)

Tribute by President Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania)

Oration by President Jacob Zuma

Sermon and Benediction – Bishop Z Siwa; Military Ceremony – Chaplain-General of the SANDF; Movement of Designated Mourners to the Gravesite; Military Procession


President and family are seated at the gravesite

Removal of the Orders, Decorations, Medals and Miniature RSA Flag from the coffin by the SANDF to be handed over to the Chief of the SANDF who hands it over to the President for presentation to the next-of-kin.

Undraping of the casket

Pall-bearers salute and withdraw

Military pall-bearers take up position

Playing of the National Anthem, 21 Round Interment Salute and the Salute Flight

The Last Post is sounded

Sounding of Reveille

Military pall-bearers salute and withdraw

Committal Service by Bishop D Dabula

Vote of thanks: Major-General (retired) Bantu Holomisa

Benediction – Bishop D Dabula


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