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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].”
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 remains will be transported to Qunu, where he grew up, in the Eastern Cape.
A convoy carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela has left the military hospital in Pretoria and is heading to Waterkloof air base.
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.
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.
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.
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.