Nelson Mandela buried as South Africa says final farewell

Tributes have been paid to former anti-apartheid leader and South African president Nelson Mandela at his funeral in his home province of Qunu.

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South Africans say emotional goodbye to Mandela

The people of South Africa have said an emotional final goodbye to Nelson Mandela after the country's first democratically elected leader was buried in the rural village of Qunu.

The burial ceremony was broadcast on screens in the area including on a hill overlooking Mandela's property.

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

Military helicopters flew over Nelson Mandela's grave in Qunu during the service.

A mourner sheds a tear as she watches the broadcast. Credit: Reuters

Earlier, over 4,000 people gathered for a large funeral service where members of the Mandela family, Jacob Zuma and old friends paid tribute to the former president.

A girl looks on as former South African President Nelson Mandela's coffin is taken to the family gravesite for burial. Credit: Reuters

In the final message, shortly before Mr Mandela's casket was lowered into the earth, the chaplain general of the South African military, Brigadier General Monwabisi Jamangile said:

"Yours was truly a long walk to freedom and now you have achieved the ultimate freedom in the bosom of your maker, God almighty. Amen."

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Zulu warriors dance to honour Nelson Mandela

Zulu warriors gathered on a hill above Nelson Mandela's burial site to say a final goodbye to South Africa's first black president.

The burial ends 10 days of national mourning that included a memorial service and three days during which Nelson Mandela's body lay in state.

Local television showed the anti-apartheid leader's coffin at the family grave site, but stopped broadcasting the event before the coffin was lowered at the request of the Mandela family.

Zulu warriors dance to honor South Africa's late President Nelson Mandela. Credit: Reuters
Mourners dance on a hill above the graveyard within the Mandela family's property Credit: Reuters
The country's first black president was buried following a large funeral service this morning. Credit: Reuters

In pictures: South Africa says farewell to Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela buried in traditional ceremony

Uniformed bearers salute the coffin of Nelson Mandela. Credit: RTV

The body of Nelson Mandela has been buried in a grave near his ancestral village of Qunu in South Africa's Eastern Cape province.

The burial attended by family members and South African leaders followed a state funeral service and closed 10 days of mourning for the former president and anti-apartheid leader.

In pictures: South Africa says farewell to Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela's coffin carried to burial ceremony

Uniformed bearers have carried Nelson Mandela's coffin from the funeral ceremony to the burial site.

A smaller group of guests will now pay tribute to the former South African president at the private hillside ceremony.

The coffin carrying former South African President Nelson Mandela is escorted to the site. Credit: RTV
Several thousand people attended the funeral ceremony. Credit: RTV
The former South African president will be buried in a private hillside ceremony. Credit: RTV

Read: In pictures: South Africa says farewell to Nelson Mandela

Mourners prepare to say their final farewell to Mandela

As the funeral procession moves to Nelson Mandela's final resting place, mourners tell of how the former South African president's legacy will "live on".

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#MandelaFuneral A send off befitting a Hero, our father, our role model, my inspiration to be a better person each day.

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May his GREAT soul rest in peace. The world will miss you but the world will NEVER forget you. Your legacy lives on. #MandelaFuneral

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