CAPE TOWN, Dec.13 (Xinhua) -- South African President Jacob Zuma has authorized the employment of the SA National Defense Force (SANDF) to Qunu where former President Nelson Mandela will be buried, the Presidency said on Friday.
A number of 11,894 members of the SANDF will be in service in cooperation with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to maintain law and order during the funeral service, scheduled for Sunday at Qunu, Mandela's native village in the Eastern Cape Provice, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said.
Zuma informed Parliament of his decision on Thursday, Maharaj said.
The employment is for a period of 15 days commencing on Dec. 6 to Dec. 20.
Some of Mandela's family members have arrived at Qunu, where the amaThembu clan will conduct the funeral in a traditional way.
Hundreds of local and international journalists have also arrived.
The final resting place of Mandela "is culturally significant to the amaThembu clan," Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane sadi. "We ask the media to please be sensitive to this and respect this site."
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