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Nelson Mandela's body arrives in his ancestral village

The body of Nelson Mandela has arrived in Qunu, the small rural village where he grew up, ahead of his burial there tomorrow.

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SA president Jacob Zuma: Mandela was a man of action

Jacob Zuma (centre) wipes tears beside Mandela's widow Graca Machel (left) Credit: REUTERS/Yves Herman

South Africa president Jacob Zuma has described Nelson Mandela as a “man of action” during the ANC’s farewell ceremony at the Waterkloof Air Base in Pretoria.

Zuma said:“So many things have been said about Madiba because he has done so many things; he has distinguished himself so many times in every way you can think of...

“He combined two things that are not easy to do - to combine theory and practice. He did it more than many [times].”

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