"Comrade Joe Slovo's funeral will be accorded the highest possible status by the government so that this hero of the South African people is bid farewell in a fitting manner," Mr Mandela said. "The day of the burial will be an official day of mourning, and flags will fly at half-mast in the capitals of all the provinces." Reuter
Johannesburg - Joe Slovo, the South African Housing Minister and Communist leader who died on Friday, will be given a state funeral, President Nelson Mandela said yesterday. Mr Mandela said Mr Slovo, who died of cancer, would be buried on 15 Janua ry in Johannesburg.