The Government has said it will meet the expenses attendant to the handling of the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai’s body.

Presidential spokesman, George Charamba said : ‘‘The leadership is now aware of the sad passing on of VaTsvangirai. In the interim, while the family is taking the necessary decisions, the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria has been instructed to help in any way appropriate in the circumstances including assuming the costs that are attendant to the proper handling of the body of the late.’’

Tsvangirai succumbed to cancer of the colon at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg at around 5pm yesterday. He was 65.