South Africa Holds State Funeral For Nelson Mandela In His Ancestral Village Of Qunu

Nelson Mandela Buried After State Funeral

“I think all of us will agree today the person who lies here is South Africa’s greatest son,” said Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy president of the ruling African National Congress. Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, a representative of Mandela’s family, thanked military doctors who were part of the medical team that took care of Mandela during his hospital stays and at his home in the final months of his life. He asked them to stand up. Mourners applauded.
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S.African royals concerned at Mandela family ‘instability’

The widow of Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel (C), and his x-wife Winnie Mandela Madikizela (R), arrive for South African former president Nelson Mandela's funeral ceremony in Qunu on December 15, 2013

Cape Town (AFP) – The tribal royal house in South Africa of which Nelson Mandela was a member on Sunday expressed concern at “instability” in the icon’s family and urged calm as his estate is settled. The AbaThembu royal family called the meeting in Qunu where Mandela was buried on December 15 and “shared their concern” amid reports of internal strife and warring over his estate. “We advised the family members to remain calm, respect the administration of the estate and ensure that all the assets remain where they are until the processes are finalised,” said a statement. The meeting held on Friday decided that elders must attend all family meetings “until further notice”, it added. “We also felt that we owe the South Africans apology for allowing a state of turmoil to begin in the house of the statesman and the world icon who sacrificed his life for all South Africans, Africans and the world.” Local media last week reported to squabbling over Mandela’s estate and that his widow Graca Machel had faced rejection and abuse and was told to leave the Johannesburg home she shared with Mandela once he died. View gallery Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, attends a Farewell Service for South African former p The royals threw their backing behind Machel who they said represented Mandela “in all matters of the Mandela family”. “Immediate family members must mourn and their actions must resemble the dignity that Madiba deserves,” said spokesman Daludumo Mtirara, referring to Mandela’s clan name. The meeting also backed Mandela’s grandson Mandla as head of the family, dismissing as “disrespectful” his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s naming of his surviving daughter Makaziwe in the position. Madikizela-Mandela earlier this month denied there was a dynastic battle within the extensive family. But the Mandela family is no stranger to drama, with reports surfacing of a renewed feud shortly after the icon’s funeral. Earlier this year, a family court battle saw the remains of three of Mandela’s deceased children ordered back to his boyhood village.
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On March 15, 1994, South African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela gives a clenched fist to supporters in Mmabatho upon his arrival for his first election rally for the April 27 general elections.

10, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, second left, Nelson Mandela’s former wife, and Mandela’s window Graca Machel, right, listen to speeches 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) President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) A mourner sleeps 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/Markus Schreiber) People sing songs 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/Markus Schreiber) People shout out and hold posters during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela

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