Nelson Mandela's body arrives in his ancestral village

The body of Nelson Mandela has arrived in Qunu, the small rural village where he grew up, ahead of his burial there tomorrow.

SA president Jacob Zuma: Mandela was a man of action

Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma (centre) wipes tears beside Mandela's widow Graca Machel (left) Credit: REUTERS/Yves Herman

South Africa president Jacob Zuma has described Nelson Mandela as a “man of action” during the ANC’s farewell ceremony at the Waterkloof Air Base in Pretoria.

Zuma said:“So many things have been said about Madiba because he has done so many things; he has distinguished himself so many times in every way you can think of...

“He combined two things that are not easy to do - to combine theory and practice. He did it more than many [times].”

ANC bid farewell to Nelson Mandela ahead of burial

Nelson Mandela's body has arrived at the Waterkloof Air Base, where the ANC are holding a farewell ceremony for the former South African president.

Nelson Mandela's widow Graça Machel (L) and his ex-wife Winnie Mandela sit beside President Zuma at the airbase Credit: RTV

Nelson Mandela's remains will be transported to Qunu, where he grew up, in the Eastern Cape.

The coffin is draped in the ANC flag. Credit: RTV

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Nelson Mandela's body begins journey to Qunu

A convoy carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela has left the military hospital in Pretoria and is heading to Waterkloof air base.

A heavy police presence surrounded the coffin of Nelson Mandela as it made its final journey from the military hospital. Credit: RTV

The cortège will leave the South African capital from the airbase on a two-hour flight to the former South Africa President's home town of Qunu.

The coffin was draped in the ANC flag Credit: RTV

Read: Qunu funeral 'very different' from memorial

Qunu funeral 'very different' from memorial

Tomorrow's funeral in Nelson Mandela's ancestral home town of Qunu will be "very different" from what the country has seen over the past few days, the country's Transport Minister told reporters.

We must emphasise that the stages of the state funeral over the next two days are very different from what we gave seen in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

It is different in the sense of privacy, as this is the phase where the family, senior leadership in the country and a select group of international dignitaries will be part of proceedings.

– South Africa Transport Minister Dipuo Peters

Read: Mandela's ancestral home prepares for his burial

Mandela's ancestral home prepares for his burial

Qunu, the small rural village in the Eastern Cape where Nelson Mandela grew up, is preparing to receive the body of its famous son ahead of the anti-apartheid leader's funeral tomorrow.

Qunu, the small rural village in the Eastern Cape, where Nelson Mandela grew up Credit: Reuters

His body will be flown there today. In accordance with the wishes of Mandela's family to keep the ceremony private, the only pictures of the burial will be via the SABC state broadcaster and an official outside photographer.

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