Nelson Mandela Buried After State Funeral

Soldiers fill empty seats at Nelson Mandela’s funeral as service overruns by almost two hours

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who initially claimed he had not been invited to the funeral, hugs former president Thabo Mbeki

(AP Photo/Peter Dejong) An image of President Barrack Obama is flashed on a screen as he makes his speech during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi) Cuba’s President Raul Castro Ruz speaks during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Chinas Vice President Li Yuanchao speaks during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) An image of President Barrack Obama is flashed on a screen as he makes his speech during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) An image of President Barrack Obama is flashed on a screen as he makes his speech during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) President Barrack Obama kisses Nelson Mandela‘s widow Graca Machel during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
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According to IOL News , the Lucas Moripe stadium, in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, was virtually empty. The stadium was one of a number of venues across South Africa showing live footage of the funeral. Ellis Park Stadium, in Johannesburg, also reportedly remained empty shortly before 8am while Orlando Stadium had few people in at 7.45am. The late president died in his Johannesburg home on December 5, aged 95.
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