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Details of Nelson Mandela's will to be made public

Details of Nelson Mandela's will to be made public. One of the executors of the will is reading from an executive summary of the will in Pretoria.


Mandela's will was written in 2004 and was subsequently amended

Govt demands rabbit in Mandela statue's ear is removed

A bronze rabbit placed inside the ear of a large statue of Nelson Mandela has sparked outrage from the South African government who have called for the hare to be removed.

The statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

The government said it wanted the creature to be removed from the statue - which was unveiled in Pretoria 11 days after the anti-apartheid leader's death - to "restore integrity" to the 30 foot sculpture.

Artists Ruhan Janse van Vuuren and Andre Prinsloo said they added the animal as a personal stamp after the authorities stopped them from engraving their signatures on the sculpture.

The hare was also a nod to the tight deadline the sculptors faced, with the Afrikaans word for rabbit - "haas" - also meaning haste.

A spokesman for the Department of Arts and Culture said the animal "undermined what we erected the statue for" and denied that Madiba, who was known for his sense of humour, might have found the rabbit funny.

The artists have apologised for adding the hare.

In pictures: South Africa says farewell to Mandela


Statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled in Pretoria

A nine-metre bronze statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled in South African capital Pretoria, a day after the nation buried the anti-apartheid hero.

The largest statue of Mandela in the world depicts the former president with his arms outstretched to symbolise unity and reconciliation.

Mandela's 9-metre (30-feet) bronze statue in Pretoria Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Read: Nelson Mandela buried at childhood home in South Africa

Mandela interpreter 'involved in burning men to death'

Relatives and friends of the man accused of faking sign language interpretation at Nelson Mandela's memorial service have claimed he was involved in the killing of two men who were burned to death in 2003.

The men were said to have been found with a stolen television by a group of people who then set fire to tyres placed around their necks.

Thamsanqa Jantjie.
Thamsanqa Jantjie. Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

The four unnamed sources told the Associated Press that Thamsanqa Jantjie did not go on trial for the killings alongside the other suspects in 2006 because the authorities determined he was "not mentally fit to stand trial".

He was reportedly institutionalised for a year before he began working as a sign language interpreter at events for the governing African National Congress.

AP said Mr Jantjie was unavailable for comment.

Read: Mandela service interpreter 'saw angels coming into the stadium'


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."

Read: Farewell Madiba and thank you

Mandela burial 'closure of most incredible life'

by - Africa Correspondent
Richard Branson pictured at the funeral of Nelson Mandela. Credit: Reuters

Richard Branson said Nelson Mandela's private burial was the "closure of the most incredible life".

The entrepreneur said heads of state were "wiping their eyes" during the ceremony.

Watch: Helicopters fly over Mandela's final resting place

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

Helicopters fly over Mandela's final resting place

Military helicopters with South Africa flags flew over Nelson Mandela's grave in Qunu moments before the former South African president was laid to rest.

The country's first black president was buried following a large funeral service which was attended by over 4,000 guests.

Read: Nelson Mandela buried in traditional ceremony

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