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Posted December 15, 2013 by admin in News
 
 

Mandela’s body cheered at Qunu ahead of Sunday burial

Mandela will be buried in his family homestead in Qunu after a state funeral combining military pomp and traditional rites of Mandela’s Xhosa abaThembu cla
Mandela’s body cheered at Qunu ahead of Sunday burial

Mandela’s body cheered at Qunu ahead of Sunday burial

Qunu (South Africa): The body of Nelson Mandela arrived on Saturday at his ancestral home of Qunu in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, where it was greeted by singing, dancing local residents ahead of the anti-apartheid leader’s state funeral set for the following day.

As police and military helicopters buzzed overheard, the hearse carrying the remains of South Africa’s first black president rolled with a police escort into the hamlet of scattered homes lying between green pastures. Delighted residents broke into the South African national anthem as the cortege appeared on the road from Mthatha airport, 700 km (450 miles) south of Johannesburg.

Cheering crowds had lined parts of the road to pay their respects as the black hearse passed. Mandela, who died on Dec. 5 aged 95, will be buried in his family homestead in Qunu on Sunday after a state funeral combining military pomp and traditional rites of Mandela’s Xhosa abaThembu clan.

It will be attended by family members, national leaders and foreign guests including Britain’s Prince Charles and U.S. civil rights activist Reverend Jessie Jackson. Earlier, Mandela’s body was flown with a fighter jet escort from Waterkloof airforce base in Pretoria, where the ruling African National Congress (ANC) had bade a formal farewell to “Comrade Mandela”, its most historic leader.


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