Nelson Mandela funeral funds allegedly misappropriated

Former South African President Nelson Mandela greets photographers in Johannesburg in this...

Former South African President Nelson Mandela greets photographers in Johannesburg in this September 22, 2005 file photo. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files)

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Officials in South Africa have launched an investigation into allegations money earmarked for Nelson Mandela’s funeral was misappropriated.

The civil rights icon was laid to rest in his home village of Qunu, South Africa last month following his death on December 5 from a lung infection.

The funeral service, which was attended by stars including Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, and British royal Charles, Prince of Wales, is now back in the news amid allegations money set aside for the event was actually used to print up political T-shirts for the governing ANC party.

ANC official Mlibo Ooboshiyane has now confirmed a probe is underway to investigate the claims, saying, “Our conscience is alarmed by these allegations that, at the time of sadness, there could be such alleged occurrences. We will urgently seek answers about how this money was spent.”

The cash was reportedly meant to be spent on transport to get mourners to the service.


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