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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Nelson Mandela's coffin escorted to burial site

Nelson Mandela's coffin has been escorted by military personnel to the burial site.

The former South African president will now be buried in a private hillside ceremony following the conclusion of the two-hour service.

Military personnel escort the coffin to the burial site. Credit: RTV
Tributes have been paid to former anti-apartheid leader. Credit: RTV
The former South African president will now be buried in a private hillside ceremony Credit: RTV

South Africans join together to 'farewell' Mandela

As the service to farewell Nelson Mandela approaches its end, South Africans join together to say goodbye to their former leader.

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'Great son of the world, Madiba showed us the way'

Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda paid a lengthy tribute to Nelson Mandela's life, interspersed with humorous quips and a crowd-pleasing jig to start.

"This great son of the world - not only of South Africa - Madiba showed us the way. Whether you are white, black, yellow or brown, you are all God's children," he said.

Over-running his time allocation, Kaunda joked that the master of ceremonies was "chasing me away" - but he insisted it was important to remember that even in death, Nelson Mandela is "still Madiba, our leader."

He also thanked Winnie Mandela for her life's work with her former husband.

South Africans moved by 'beautiful' state funeral

Viewers of the state funeral for Nelson Mandela have told of their emotions as South Africans bid farewell to their beloved former leader.

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Nelson Mandela was a 'beacon of hope'

Jacob Zuma has 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."

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

Addressing the congregation, South African president Jacob Zuma said: "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."

Malawi president appeals for unity in name of Mandela

Malawi president Joyce Banda used part of her tribute to Nelson Mandela to appeal to South Africa's current leadership to remain united in honour of their former leader.

"I appeal to you, President Zuma, under your leadership all South Africans to make this appeal that you remain united and continue to be a rainbow nation, for this is what Tata Madiba cherished," she said.

"It is our hope and prayer that South Africa will remain a country of all people regardless of race, colour, religion and tribe."

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