Agence France-PresseDecember 15, 2013 10:11
Perched above the pomp and ceremony of Nelson Mandela's state funeral, villagers and visitors to his rural home said a final goodbye among the open spaces and grasslands of his boyhood.
A few hundred people watched a live broadcast on a big screen, framed by sweeping views overlooking Mandela's home in Qunu village.
"I felt that I was a part of it," said local Samora Makasi, 35, sitting in an open-walled tent as presidents, foreign dignitaries and celebrities gathered below.
"I could have watched it at home but I wanted to be around people," Makasi said.