South Africa Bracing For Mandela Memorial Service | Roland Martin Reports

South Africa Bracing For Mandela Memorial Service

Source: William Dermody / USA Today

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Police and the government were bracing Monday for a massive crush of mourners at a soccer stadium who will be met with high-level security measures for the heads of state attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

South Africa is initiating what the government described as its tightest security plan ever at FNB Stadium, where President Obama, his wife Michelle, and numerous other world dignitaries will be present Tuesday for the memorial service.

“What we can say is … all the events and those who attend them are safe,” Collins Chabane, Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, told The Times, a local South African newspaper.

Military, police and intelligence services have all been activated, and free bus service is being made available to the hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend what may be the largest memorial service in decades.

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