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Martin McGuinness to attend Mandela memorial

Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness signing a book of condolence for late former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness signing a book of condolence for late former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will travel to South Africa to attend the public memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela.

Mr McGuinness, who met the former ANC leader on a number of occasions, will join tens of thousands of South Africans at the ceremony.

The Deputy First Minister signed a book of condolence opened in memory of Mr Mandela at Derry’s Guildhall on Saturday.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has also been invited to South Africa by the ANC and will attend a memorial service at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria where the ruling party will pay its respects to its former leader.

“We in Sinn Féin are very proud of the decades’ old relationship we have with our friends in the ANC. It is a great honour to be asked by the ANC to attend their service of remembrance on Saturday where they will bid Madiba farewell,” Mr Adams said.

 

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