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Mandela's remains arrive at boyhood village for burial

The cortege carrying Nelson Mandela's body has reached his final resting place, his boyhood village of Qunu, an AFP correspondent saw on Saturday. The procession entered through the gates of Mandela's homestead accompanied by military vehicles while helicopters flew overhead. jh-arb/rmb

Mandela's remains arrive at boyhood village for burial

The cortege carrying Nelson Mandela's body reached his final resting place, his boyhood village of Qunu, on Saturday. The procession entered through the gates of Mandela's homestead accompanied by military vehicles while helicopters flew overhead. "We are going to miss him so much," said Lusanda Shasha, 17, as the cortege drove out of sight. Mandela will be buried on Sunday, ending 10 days of national mourning and global tributes for the prisoner-turned-president who transformed his country and inspired the world.

Mandela's 'long walk' nears its end

Nelson Mandela embarked on the final leg of his exceptional 95-year journey on Saturday, with his remains on their way to be returned to his rural childhood home for traditional burial. The flag-draped coffin with the body of South Africa's first black president was taken early in the morning to the Waterkloof air force base near Pretoria, where tens of thousands had seen him lie in state since Wednesday.

Mandela's 'long walk' nears its end

Nelson Mandela embarked on the final leg of his exceptional 95-year journey on Saturday, as his remains were transported to his rural childhood home for traditional burial. A C-130 Hercules carrying Mandela's flag-draped casket and escorted by two fighter jets landed in Mthatha, in Mandela's native Eastern Cape province, to thousands of waiting mourners and a full military guard of honour. From Mthatha, Mandela's remains will be carried by a funeral cortege on the short drive to his boyhood home of Qunu.

Mandela remains arrive in his native Eastern Cape

A military aircraft carrying Nelson Mandela's remains arrived Saturday in Mthatha in his native Eastern Cape province ahead of his burial Sunday. A C-130 Hercules carrying Mandela's flag-draped casket -- earlier escorted by two fighter jets --- was greeted by awaiting mourners including his widow Graca Machel. arb/dh

Tutu says not invited to Mandela burial

South African peace icon Desmond Tutu will miss the burial of his friend Nelson Mandela because he was not invited, the retired archbishop said Saturday. "Much as I would have loved to attend the service to say a final farewell to someone I loved and treasured, it would have been disrespectful to Tata to gatecrash what was billed as a private family funeral," he said in a statement. sn/mlr/yad

Mandela remains flown to boyhood home for burial

A military aircraft carrying Nelson Mandela's remains took off from Pretoria's Waterkloof air force base on Saturday, on route to his native Eastern Cape province where he will be buried. Mandela's body will be flown to the town of Mthatha. From there it will be transported in a funeral cortege to his boyhood village of Qunu, where he will be laid to rest on Sunday. arb/gh/yad

Mandela's 'long walk' nears its end

Nelson Mandela embarked on the final leg of his exceptional 95-year journey on Saturday, as his remains were flown to his rural childhood home for traditional burial. Sunday's interment will bring down the final curtain on 10 days of national mourning and global tributes for the prisoner-turned-president who transformed his country and inspired the world. Tens of thousands had packed a soaked stadium in Soweto for a memorial service Tuesday and up to 100,000 people filed past Mandela's open-casket for the three days it was displayed at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Mandela's 'long walk' nears its end

Nelson Mandela will embark on the final leg of his exceptional 95-year journey on Saturday, when his remains are returned to his rural childhood home for traditional burial. Since his death at his Johannesburg home on December 5, South Africans have turned out in pouring rain and blistering sunshine to say goodbye to their first black president.

Dalai Lama speaks of 'sadness' at Mandela loss

The Dalai Lama spoke Friday of his sadness at losing his friend Nelson Mandela, whom he hailed as an affectionate and principled man. "We are very much sad," the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said in a live webcast broadcast organised by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. "However, this sadness is not much use. This sadness must translate into willpower, determination," to emulate Mandela's example of peace, said the Dalai Lama who lives in exile in northern India.
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