The 10 days of commemorations for the late South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela ended today with his funeral in his ancestral village of Qunu. The funeral started at 7:55am and attended by 4,500 guests, his family, relatives, foreign leaders and dignitaries, including Britain's Prince Charles, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Former President of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, British business man, Richard Branson and many others. Mandela died on the 5th of December aged 95 after battling a chronic lung infection for months. The funeral was a soulful mixture of eulogies and tributes amidst military processions coupled with the traditional rites of his Xhosa abaThembu clan.
He was laid to rest in the afternoon when the sun was at its highest according to the tradition of his homeland.
|South Africa's President, Jacob Zuma paying his tribute|
|Mandela's grand daughter, Nandi eulogising him|
|Oprah Winfrey, Partner & Richard Branson|
|The corpse being conveyed to his final resting place|
|95 Candles lit in his honour at the funeral|
|Prince of Wales at the funeral|
|His wife, Graca could not hold her tears|