Mandela's funeral in Qunu

By Drum Digital
14 December 2013

The funeral service at Qunu will conclude the 10 day State funeral period.

Britain's Prince Charles, Malawian President Joyce Banda, Lesotho's King Letsie III, and current and former statesmen from Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Zambia are among the guests expected to attend former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu, Eastern Cape, tomorrow morning.

The Mandela family, the President and Cabinet, and other dignitaries will be in attendance.

After the state funeral had concluded, the abaThembu would receive the body to bury it according to royal protocol.

“The king (Buyelekhyua Dalindyebo) will tell Madiba that he is there to receive him. The king will salute Madiba and the procession will go to Mthatha city centre,” said chief Mfundo Bhovulengwe Mtirara.

“Our king will salute Madiba three times saying: “Aah! Dalibhunga (Mandela's salutation name).”

Mandela would then be buried.

Part of the customary burial process is to slaughter an ox and sheep. Mandela is from the royal family of the AbaThembu.

By Sthembiso Hlongwane and Sapa

Pictures by: Mduduzi Ndzingi

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