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Nelson Mandela buried at childhood home in South Africa

Candles are lit under a portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Credit: Reuters

Nelson Mandela has been buried in the African ground he loved after a funeral ceremony that included a 21-gun salute and flyovers by military aircraft.

The burial of South Africa's first black President followed a moving state funeral in Qunu, attended by some 4,000 mourners.

The former South African president was buried in a private hillside ceremony. Credit: RTV

Friends, family and dignitaries from around the world gathered to say their final goodbyes, as anti-apartheid hero was laid to rest on a family plot.

A man weeps as he watches the funeral service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. Credit: Reuters

The coffin, draped in the country's national flag, was taken on a gun carriage from Mr Mandela's house this morning to a giant white marquee that had been specially erected for the service.

After the ceremony, his casket was carried by the military, accompanied by family and friends, up a hill to the graveside.

The burial marked the end of a week of memorial events for Mr Mandela which have attracted thousands of South Africans and world leaders.

Richard Branson pictured at the funeral of Nelson Mandela. Credit: Reuters

Addressing the congregation, Jacob Zuma paid tribute to Nelson Mandela at the former South African president's funeral.

The South African president said Mandela was a "fountain of wisdom, pillar of strength and a beacon of hope."

It is the end of an extraordinary journey that began 95 years ago.

It is the end of 95 glorious years, of a freedom fighter, a dedicated and humble servant of the people of South Africa.

Fountain of wisdom, a pillar of strength, and a beacon of hope for all those fighting for a just and equitable world order.

President Jacob Zuma pays tribute to the anti-apartheid leader. Credit: RTV

Mr Mandela's body arrived in Qunu in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa yesterday as large numbers of people lined the roads to pay respect as the cortege passed by.

At least 100,000 people saw Mr Mandela's body lying in state in Pretoria over three days this week, but some had to be turned away.

The 95-year-old former leader, who was imprisoned for 27 years for opposing apartheid before emerging in 1990 to forge a new democratic South Africa, died on December 5.

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