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Nelson Mandela’s funeral will take place up to 12 days after he passes away because of the enormous organisational difficulties involved.
The Daily Mirror has seen detailed plans of the arrangements that would follow the death of the former South African leader.
They include a massive memorial service in the 94,000 seat football stadium which hosted the 2010 World Cup Final.
The South African government’s original plan was for Mr Mandela to be buried exactly 10 days after his death.
But one source described the arrangements as a “logistical nightmare” so it could now be as many as 12 days later.
Among the other plans we discovered were:
* Mandela’s body is to be moved to a military hospital on the outskirts of Pretoria.
* Books of condolences to be opened at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and other cities.
* His body will be then left to lie in State for three days allowing members of the public to file past...