Mourning period for Mandela ends

2014-03-23 15:48
Former president Nelson Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, and his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Former president Nelson Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, and his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johanesburg - The family of former president Nelson Mandela gathered at his ancestral home in Qunu on Saturday for a traditional ritual to mark the end of their mourning period.

Qunu chief Nokwanele Balizulu, who lives opposite the Mandelas' house, said the ritual, called ukutshisa amaqhosha, or the burning of the mourning ribbons, was attended by "all members of the family", including Madiba’s widow, Graça Machel; his former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela; his ­eldest daughter, Makaziwe; his eldest grandson, Mandla; and the rest of the grandchildren.

Balizulu, who also attended the ceremony, said after the formalities family, friends and all people from around the village then feasted on the meat of the cow and sheep that were slaughtered, and drank the traditional beer, which marked the end of the ceremony.

Machel, however, will ­continue to mourn because a ­widow’s mourning period lasts for between six months and a year.

“During this period, she is required to wear black clothes as a symbol of mourning. After the mourning period is over for a wife, another similar ceremony will take place, where those dark clothes will be taken off.

“The wife will then be cleansed,” said Balizulu.



Read more on:    nelson mandela  |  graca machel  |  east london
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
4 real car inventions that seem like science fiction

Vehicle design and tech have come so far so fast, that what seemed impossible has become reality. These are some of the fun and exciting innovations that have found their way into vehicle tech.

/News
 

Top 10 richest musicians of all time

Check out the gallery to find out who they are!

 
 

Luxury living

Seven of the most expensive children's toys ever made
5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it
Watch: Flying first class has never been this luxurious!
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are active, busy and on a mission today. There may be a special person you wish to entertain and may put in the extra effort...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.