‘MADIBA, we are now burying you’: Nelson Mandela is laid to rest in his childhood home after four hour service and full tribal burial rites including guests drinking blood of slaughtered an OX…

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was today buried in the remote village where the anti-apartheid icon grew up after his four-hour state funeral this morning. South Africa’s first black President died in his Johannesburg home on December 5, at the age of 95 after a long battle with illness and he was laid to rest in his grave in Qunu in Eastern Cape province. Military lined the route up to the hillside as Mandela’s flag-draped coffin was carried on a gun carriage to the private burial on his family’s estate. As his body was placed on the grave the South African flag on the coffin was removed and handed to Mandela’s widow Graca Machel, who was comforted by his ex-wife Winnie Mandela. A fly-past then followed accompanied by a 21-gun salute and a solitary trumpeter played the Last Post as his body was lowered into the ground. Earlier his funeral was held where around 5,000 guests including the Prince of Wales, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson and the American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson paid their respects. But the ceremony overran by nearly two hours as political figures including Jacob Zuma gave a series of extended eulogies, meaning that Mandela’s tribe’s tradition that burials should be at noon ‘when the sun is at its highest and the shadow at its shortest’ had to change.

 

Follow us: @ayobabyboi on Twitter/ and Facebook Ayowale baby-boi

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s