Mandela's funeral reaches final stage

Johannesburg, Dec 15 : Former South African president Nelson Mandela is being given a state funeral at his ancestral home village of Qunu in South Africa's Eastern Cape region on Sunday.

Escorted by two fighter jets, the coffin carrying the anti-apartheid icon's body was flown to Qunu on Saturday from Waterkloof airbase in Pretoria on a C130 military aircraft, reports said.

Around 4,500 people, including foreign dignitaries are attending the funeral.

The ceremony is a blend of state ceremonial with traditional rituals.

The Nobel peace laureate and iconic anti-apartheid leader passed away at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg on Dec 5. He was 95.

--IBNS (Posted on 15-12-2013)

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