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Nelson Mandelas body laid to rest

From BBC
The burial ceremon of President, Nelson Mandela
The burial ceremon of President, Nelson Mandela

The body of South Africa’s first black President, Nelson Mandela, has been laid to rest in a family plot in his home town, Qunu, Eastern Cape Province.

The burial followed tributes paid to the late Mandela by political and religious leaders at a State funeral Service.

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

President Zuma had earlier told the larger funeral service that South Africans have to take his legacy forward.
The former anti-apartheid advocate died December 5, 2013 at age 95.

A closed friend of Mr. Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, told mourners at the service that he had lost an elder brother who was with him for many years in prison on Robben Island.

The casket of “Madiba”, as Mr. Mandela was affectionately called in South Africa, was carried by the military, and accompanied by family and friends from a special erected tent up a hill to the gravesite.

Before his coffin was lowered into the grave, South African military helicopters and jets staged a fly-past, cannons fired a 21-gun salute and a bugler played the last post.

The BBC Correspondent in that area said it was a fitting send-off for a man widely seen as the father of the nation.


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