NZ only allowed two at Mandela funeral

John Key
John Key
Three members of New Zealand's delegation will not be able to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral after the South African government imposed a strict two-person limit.

Heads of state have been told they are only allowed to take one additional person to the official memorial service in Johannesburg.

Prime Minister John Key has decided to take Leader of the Opposition David Cunliffe to the funeral, his office confirmed.

A spokeswoman said that the same rule would be applied to all countries including the United States.

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples, former Prime Minister Jim Bolger and former Foreign Minister Sir Don McKinnon also travelled to South Africa to represent New Zealand, but would not be able to attend the service.

Pita Sharples in the audience?

I am watching the Mandela memorial service and spotted Pita Sharples in the audience.


Restricted number of guests

I bet my bottom dollar that Obama will have his 6 bodyguards present at the ceremony!

Delegates should have been advised of the restrictions before they left for South Africa. Badly organised, South Africa .

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