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Mandela buried in ancestral homeland

Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 - 01:45

Dec. 15 - After a funeral service attended by 4,500 guests and watched by millions worldwide, Nelson Mandela's body was laid to rest in his boyhood home in Qunu. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in his ancestral home in Qunu on Sunday. As his coffin was lowered into the grave, three military helicopters flew overhead, dangling the South African flag on weighted cables. The scene echoed Mandela's inauguration as South Africa's first black president nearly two decades ago. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT, JACOB ZUMA, SAYING: "We have to take your legacy forward..." South African president Jacob Zuma spoke of Mandela's legacy and the country's future: (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT, JACOB ZUMA, SAYING: "One thing we can assure you of today Tata, as you take your final steps is that South Africa will continue to rise." (APPLAUSE) Song rang out among the 4,500 dignitaries and mourners in attendance, celebrating Mandela's remarkable life. Emotions ran high throughout the country, many glued to live broadcasts of the service. In Soweto's Orlando stadium, hundreds gathered to watch. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MOURNER, PALESA RAMPHOMANE SAYING: "I've come here today to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral. Even though I'm not at Qunu but I feel like I'm there. Spiritually he is with us and we are celebrating his life." The state funeral also attracted tourists, who praised the former anti-apartheid leader: (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST FROM HONG KONG, HAO SHUN, SAYING: "I think Mandela is not only a symbol of South Africa but also he fights for the freedom for the entire humankind. I think definitely we are very sorry for the loss of such a man." A huge chapter in South Africa's history was closed Sunday with Mandela's burial - but it won't be forgotten.

Mandela buried in ancestral homeland

Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 - 01:45

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