Madiba’s final journey home

By Drum Digital
14 December 2013

Qunu, former President Nelson Mandela's ancestral home, Eastern Cape is getting ready to receive his human remains later today.

Qunu, former President Nelson Mandela's ancestral home, Eastern Cape is getting ready to receive his human remains later today.

Mandela’s remains will be transported to Qunu  from Waterkloof, Air Force Base in Pretoria, where the ANC will bid him farewell.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will take charge of this leg of the State funeral.

A military Guard of Honour will welcome the mortal remains which will be draped in the national flag.

Upon arrival at Mthatha Airport the SANDF contingent will perform the ceremonial removal of the Mandela’s remains form the aircraft.

The coffin will be placed on a gun carriage and then transported into a hearse.

The SANDF will sound the national anthem while the guard of honour will present arms and salute.

Then Mandel’s body will thereafter be transported to the family home in Qunu, where the Thembu community will conduct a traditional ceremony.

Meanwhile local chiefs, ward councillors have organised residents of Mthatha and Qunu to   form a human chain stretching from Mthatha Airport to Mandela’s his final send off in his home village.

They will stand, while holding hands at honour Mandela.

-Sthembiso Hlongwane

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