News World News

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Mandela farewell ahead of funeral

Published 14/12/2013 | 06:44

  • Share
South African President Jacob Zuma (back C) wipes his tears while sitting beside Winnie Mandela (back R) and Graca Machel (back L) during a send-off ceremony for late former South African President Nelson Mandela at Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria December 14, 2013.    REUTERS/Yves Herman (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: OBITUARY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
South African President Jacob Zuma (back C) wipes his tears while sitting beside Winnie Mandela (back R) and Graca Machel (back L) during a send-off ceremony for late former South African President Nelson Mandela at Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria
Veterans of South Africa's independence struggle carry the coffin of late former South African President Nelson Mandela during a send-off ceremony at Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria December 14, 2013. Mandela will be flown to his ancestral village of Qunu for his burial.  REUTERS/Yves Herman (SOUTH AFRICA  - Tags: OBITUARY POLITICS)
Veterans of South Africa's independence struggle carry the coffin of late former South African President Nelson Mandela during a send-off ceremony at Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria
South African President Jacob Zuma (2nd R), Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel (3rd R) and Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Mandela (R) sit behind the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela during a send-off ceremony at Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria December 14, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (SOUTH AFRICA  - Tags: OBITUARY POLITICS)
South African President Jacob Zuma (2nd R), Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel (3rd R) and Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Mandela (R) sit behind the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela during a send-off ceremony at Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria

The remains of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela have been transferred to Waterkloof air base for a farewell from the African National Congress (ANC).

  • Share
  • Go To

The military handed over Mr Mandela's flag-draped coffin to the ANC at a solemn ceremony broadcast live on South African television.

The remains will be returned to military control later this morning.

Mr Mandela's coffin will then be flown to the Eastern Cape in preparation for his funeral tomorrow. It is expected to arrive this afternoon and to be greeted by a full military ceremony.

The late president died last week at age 95.

His body lay in state for three days this week, drawing huge crowds of South Africans who mourned his death and celebrated his successful struggle against apartheid.

FILE - In this March 23, 1999 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela, left, and American pop singer Michael Jackson arrive at a news conference in Cape Town, South Africa, where Jackson announced dates for two concerts with profits to go to various funds including the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.   South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95.  (AP Photo/Obed Zilwa, File)
1999 Mandela and Michael Jackson arrive at a news conference in Cape Town, where Jackson announced dates for two concerts with profits to go to various funds including the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.
FILE - In this March 17, 1997 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela, left, shows the way to Britain's Princess Diana in Cape Town, South Africa, where they discussed the threat of AIDS in the country.   South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Sasa Kralj, File)
March 17, 1997, South African President Nelson Mandela, shows the way to Britain's Princess Diana in Cape Town, South Africa, where they discussed the threat of AIDS in the country.
FILE - In this June 15, 1990 file photo, Pope John Paul II, right, shakes hands with Nelson Mandela, deputy leader of African National Congress, during a private audience at the Vatican.   South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95.  (AP Photo/Claudio Luffoli, File)
June 15, 1990, Pope John Paul II, shakes hands with Nelson Mandela, deputy leader of African National Congress, during a private audience at the Vatican.
Bono is greeted by George W Bush at the memorial in Soweto.
President Barack Obama greets Cuban President Raul Castro.
Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa.

Read More

Editors Choice

Also in World News