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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

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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

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

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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

'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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That feeling you get when struggle songs are sung! Takes me back to my childhood growing up during the struggle! #MandelaFuneral

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When the crowd breaks into song ..."Nelson Mandela..." I find it very hard to swallow and stop my eyes from filling with tears #Mandela

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This funeral makes me so proud. It's beautiful. The prioritizing of African history & leaders is affirming. #MandelaFuneral

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