Newly elected president of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa during the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 18, 2017.
JOHANNESBURG - ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa will have to wait until February to lay a wreath at the grave of the late former President Nelson Mandela.
Madiba&39;s family said certain cultural rituals have to be observed first.
The late former statesman is buried at his home village of Qunu near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.
The ANC’s top officials visited the family on Thursday.
The ANC&39;s top leadership met the Mandela family, to request access to Madiba&39;s burial site.
They want to lay a wreath at his grave like they did with other departed former ANC leaders.
“They place their request to go and pay tribute to Madiba at his grave. As a family, we welcomed that. It is a necessary step to be undertaken. But we requested that traditionally there are things we have to adhere to as a family before we can take them to the grave,” said Mandla Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s grandson.
Mandela died five years ago, but his grave is yet to be seen and be opened to the public.
Ramaphosa will now lay the wreath during the celebration of Mandela’s release from prison in February.