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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

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.

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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

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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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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President #Mandela personified great leadership, humility and strength all in 1. You will be sorely missed. Long Live Madiba!

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Farewell Tata. Thank you for everything. See you in heaven. Rest in Peace. #MandelaFuneral #mandela

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Beautiful send off, and well done to all who worked tirelessly over the past few days. It shows that we can deliver as a nation. #Mandela

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