Former South African President Nelson Mandela as his family lays his body to rest in his hometown of Qunu, South Africa, on Sunday December 15. Mandela’s body traveled from Pretoria by air to Mthatha in Eastern Cape province, and then by road to Qunu, where
was buried Sunday. Mandela died December 5 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95.
The funeral of Nelson Mandela STORY
With military pomp and traditional rituals,
South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday, the
end of an exceptional journey for the prisoner turned
president who transformed the nation.
Mandela was laid to rest in his childhood village of
Tribal leaders clad in animal skins joined dignitaries in
dark suits at the grave site overlooking the rolling
As pallbearers walked toward the site after a funeral
ceremony, helicopters whizzed past dangling the
national flag. Cannons fired a 21-gun salute, its
echoes ringing over the quiet village.
Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, dabbed her eyes
with a handkerchief as she watched the proceedings.
“Yours was truly a long walk to freedom. Now you
have achieved the ultimate freedom in the bosom of
God, your maker,” an officiator at the grave site said.
Military pallbearers gently removed the South African
flag that draped the coffin and handed it to President
Jacob Zuma, who gave it to Mandela’s family.
At the request of the family, the lowering of the casket
was closed to the media. Read more here
written by Anthony