Sunday, 15 December 2013

Madiba Finally Laid to Rest

Nelson 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.

The BBC reports that some 4,500 people - including foreign dignitaries - attended the service at Mr Mandela's ancestral home of Qunu.

A close friend, Ahmed Kathrada, told mourners he had lost an "elder brother" who was with him for many years in prison on Robben island.

Mr Mandela died on 5 December aged 95.

His casket was carried by the military, accompanied by family and friends, from a specially-erected marquee up a hill to the graveside.

The family had asked for only a few hundred guests to be present for the traditional Xhosa burial, unlike the much larger-scale, televised service.

South Africa's air force staged a fly-past of the gravesite as the coffin was lowered into the grave.

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