Graca and Winne take their seats

By Drum Digital
15 December 2013

Both women were dressed in black and their hair was covered. They sat in the front row to say their last goodbyes.

Two loves of Nelson Mandela's life, his widow Graca Machel and ex-wife Winnie-Madikizela Mandela, took their seats as the former president's coffin was brought into the venue for his state funeral in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.

On Saturday, Machel wept when she was handed the African National Congress flag which had covered Mandela's coffin at the party's send-off for its former leader.

A choir of about 50 singers, the men in bowties and black suits and women in black or white formal dresses, sang hymns and the national anthem, before an opening devotion by Bishop Don Dabula.

Latecomers entered the venue through side doors.

-by Sapa

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