Mandela’s great-grandchildren say goodbye

2013-12-15 08:59


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Qunu - Former president Nelson Mandela's love of children was acknowledged with a musical recording during his state funeral in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on Sunday.

While a recording of a children's choir singing in honour of him was played, three of his great-grandchildren were brought in to say goodbye.

Two girls were in black dresses, and a boy wore a white shirt and black jacket.

"[Children] were so much part of his soul, especially in the last few days when he could spend more time with them," African National Congress Chairperson Baleka Mbete said in introducing the recording of the children's song.

Mandela is survived by three daughters, 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Meanwhile ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa who is the master of ceremony at the funeral has said that people around the world are remembering their own Madiba moment.

"Each one of us... [and] millions of people around the world have had their own Madiba moment," he told mourners at the funeral in Qunu, Eastern Cape.

"Today we come to lay him to rest... South Africa's greatest son."

Friends, colleagues, comrades and family of Nelson Mandela are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at

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