HAVANA TIMES — Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama are two of the 90 plus leaders expected at the funeral of Nelson Mandela on Tuesday in Johannesburg.
Castro is traveling with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. Former US presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will also be attending.
The 90,000 seat soccer stadium will be the venue for the funeral ceremony and it is expected to be overflowing.
The Cuban government of Fidel Castro was an early supporter of Mandela during his struggle from prison against the Apartheid system in South Africa. It also played an important role in military defeats that helped bring an official end to the racist policy in that country in 1990.
After leaving prison Mandela was the president of South Africa from 1994-1999.