Mandela burial underway

By Drum Digital
15 December 2013

A hand-picked group of mourners started making their way to the burial site of former president Nelson Mandela.

A hand-picked group of mourners started making their way to the burial site of former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on Sunday afternoon.

After the funeral service in a large marquee, members of the armed forces, acting as pallbearers, and clergy from the Christian churches of South Africa accompanied the body as it was taken to the gravesite.

Members of the army and other armed services lined the road while Mandela's body was led there by a military procession, as planes flew overhead.

Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, President Jacob Zuma's spokesman Mac Maharaj, Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus and traditional leaders were among those in the procession.

Of the over 4000 people who attended the service, only 450 were to be allowed to attend the burial of South Africa's first democratic president.

US talk show host Oprah Winfrey and her partner Stedman Graham were among those attending the burial.

Mandela, who died on December 5 in his home in Johannesburg, at the age of 95, is the first person to receive a state funeral since the founding of a democratic South Africa in 1994.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Mandela's body lay in state at the Union Buildings from Wednesday to Friday, with around 100,000 people paying homage to the former president. On Saturday his body was transported to the Eastern Cape.

-by Sapa

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