Madiba’s Body Arrives In Qunu For Burial

Nelson Mandela always said he wanted to be buried in his rural ancestral home
Nelson Mandela always said he wanted to be buried in his rural ancestral home

The body of former South African president Nelson Mandela has arrived at his home in Qunu in Eastern Cape. Madiba will be buried in the family grave site on Sunday as per his final wish.

Earlier, the convoy carrying his body was welcomed on the streets of Mthatha by residents who lined-up in honour of the former statesman.

People waving flags and cheering and singing – in places 10 to 12 deep – lined the route taken by the cortege through Mthatha town to pay their last respects.

 

Tears as well as smiles could be seen on the faces of onlookers.

However, some people expressed their frustration that the convoy did not stop, so they had no chance to view the coffin as people in Pretoria had.

 

The cortege then drove through the gates of the Mandela homestead in Qunu, where it will rest overnight in the grounds of the royal house of Thembu.

Security remains tight – with restrictions near the family home.

The SA government has confirmed that Madiba’s funeral service will be private, family affair.  Only invited guests, including sitting and former heads of state and family, will be allowed access to Madiba’s home.

 

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