Mandela laid to rest

_71750435_71750434Nelson Mandela’s body has been laid to rest in a family plot, after political and religious leaders paid tribute to South Africa’s first black president at a state funeral service.

His widow, Graca Machel, and President Jacob Zuma were present for the private, traditional Xhosa burial at Mr Mandela’s ancestral home in Qunu.

Mr Zuma had earlier told the larger funeral service that South Africans had to take his legacy forward.

Mr Mandela died on 5 December aged 95.

Nelson Mandela always said he wanted to be buried in his childhood home. (Photo: AFP)
Nelson Mandela always said he wanted to be buried in his childhood home. (Photo: AFP)

The last of 10 days of commemorations for Mr Mandela began with his coffin being taken on a gun carriage from his home to a giant marquee where his portrait hung behind 95 candles – each representing a year of his life.

Nelson Mandela's smiling portrait welcomed the guests inside the giant marquee in Qunu. (Photo: AP)
Nelson Mandela’s smiling portrait welcomed the guests inside the giant marquee in Qunu. (Photo: AP)

The coffin, draped in the South African flag, was placed beneath a lectern where speakers paid their tributes.

Some guests sang and danced to celebrate Mr Mandela’s life as the service began.

2 Responses to Mandela laid to rest

  1. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder December 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    R.I.P to one of our GIANTS God’s speed…

    Reply
  2. Sammie N. Doyle
    Sammie N. Doyle December 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Rip, you did well.

    Reply

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