Mandela's final journey
Former South African President Nelson Mandela was laid to rest on Sunday after 10 days of public mourning and memorials for the legendary anti-apartheid leader.
A state funeral was held in Qunu, Mandela’s ancestral home in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. His body arrived there Saturday and was greeted by local residents who sang and danced.
The outpouring for the late leader has been massive. More than 100,000 people paid respect to Mandela while he lay in state in Pretoria, and his memorial service on Tuesday attracted tens of thousands. Over four thousand family members, friends, and dignitaries–including Prince Charles, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey–attended Sunday’s funeral.
Mandela, who was elected his country’s first black president in 1994, died on Dec. 5 at 95. He spent 27 years in prison for his opposition to South Africa’s repressive apartheid government before emerging as a leader in the movement toward reconciliation between white and black citizens.