Mandela family arrives at Mthatha airport

By Drum Digital
14 December 2013

Members of the Mandela family arrived at Mthatha Airport in the Eastern Cape just before noon on Saturday ahead of the arrival of former president Nelson Mandela's body.

The family stepped off the plane and got into cars parked on the runway.

Mandela's widow Graca Machel was escorted into the terminal by Nelson Mandela's granddaughter Ndileka Mandela, who was holding her arm.

Machel was followed by ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The plane carrying Mandela's coffin left Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria shortly before noon.

He will be buried in Qunu, where he spent much of his childhood, on Sunday. He died at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home last Thursday at the age of 95.

- SAPA

- Picture: Twitter - @msmkokeli

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