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PHOTOS: Mandela’s body arrives in Qunu, South Africa

Published: Saturday December 14, 2013 | 12:51 pm Comments 0
South African mourners sing and hold posters of Mandela, while waiting the motorcade transporting the body of Former President Nelson Mandela to pass by, in the town of Mthatha on its way to Qunu. - AP
South African mourners sing and hold posters of Mandela, while waiting the motorcade transporting the body of Former President Nelson Mandela to pass by, in the town of Mthatha on its way to Qunu. - AP
Nelson Mandela\'s grandson Mandla Mandela (left) watches as the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela is carried into a military aircraft following a farewell ceremony by the African National Congress at Waterkloof Air Base on the outskir
Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela (left) watches as the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela is carried into a military aircraft following a farewell ceremony by the African National Congress at Waterkloof Air Base on the outskir
Dignitaries watch as the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela is carried into a military aircraft following a farewell ceremony by the African National Congress at Waterkloof Air Base on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa today. -
Dignitaries watch as the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela is carried into a military aircraft following a farewell ceremony by the African National Congress at Waterkloof Air Base on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa today. -
A woman shows a South African bill with the face of Late President Nelson Mandela while waiting Mandela\'s convoy to pass by the town of Mthatha on its way to Qunu, South Africa today. - AP
A woman shows a South African bill with the face of Late President Nelson Mandela while waiting Mandela's convoy to pass by the town of Mthatha on its way to Qunu, South Africa today. - AP
Mourners wait for Nelson Mandela\'s convoy to pass by the town of Mthatha on its way to Qunu. - AP
Mourners wait for Nelson Mandela's convoy to pass by the town of Mthatha on its way to Qunu. - AP
A South African mourner embraces a poster of Mandela, while waiting with other mourners for the motorcade transporting the body of former President Nelson Mandela to pass by, in the town of Mthatha on its way to Qunu. - AP
A South African mourner embraces a poster of Mandela, while waiting with other mourners for the motorcade transporting the body of former President Nelson Mandela to pass by, in the town of Mthatha on its way to Qunu. - AP
Military officers and Nelson Mandela\'s grandson Mandla Mandela, rear, accompany the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu, South Africa. - AP
Military officers and Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela, rear, accompany the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu, South Africa. - AP
Nelson Mandela\'s grandson Mandla Mandela, rear, and military officers accompany the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu, South Africa today. - AP
Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela, rear, and military officers accompany the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu, South Africa today. - AP
Military officers salute as Nelson Mandela\'s grandson Mandla Mandela watches over the` casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu, South Africa today. - AP
Military officers salute as Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela watches over the` casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu, South Africa today. - AP
The motorcade transporting the body of Nelson Mandela, in black hearse, passes through crowds of mourners gathered in the town of Mthatha on its way to Qunu, South Africa today. - AP
The motorcade transporting the body of Nelson Mandela, in black hearse, passes through crowds of mourners gathered in the town of Mthatha on its way to Qunu, South Africa today. - AP
The motorcade transporting the body of Nelson Mandela, in black hearse, passes through crowds of mourners gathered in the town of on its way to Qunu, South Africa today. - AP
The motorcade transporting the body of Nelson Mandela, in black hearse, passes through crowds of mourners gathered in the town of on its way to Qunu, South Africa today. - AP
Nelson Mandela\'s grandson Mandla Mandela, center, leads local chiefs as they escort the lion skin draped casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu, South Africa. - AP
Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela, center, leads local chiefs as they escort the lion skin draped casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu, South Africa. - AP
Nelson Mandela\'s grandson Mandla Mandela, right, watches as local chiefs escort the lion skin draped casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu today. - AP
Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela, right, watches as local chiefs escort the lion skin draped casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu today. - AP
Nelson Mandela\'s grandson Mandla Mandela, right, watches as local chiefs drape the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela with a lion skin as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu, South Africa today. - AP
Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela, right, watches as local chiefs drape the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela with a lion skin as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu, South Africa today. - AP
An aircraft carrying the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela is escorted by fighter jets after taking off from Waterkloof Air Base on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa today. - AP
An aircraft carrying the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela is escorted by fighter jets after taking off from Waterkloof Air Base on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa today. - AP

The hearse carrying the body of former South African President Nelson Mandela has arrived in his ancestral home of Qunu, in Eastern South Africa.

This is the final stop before tomorrow’s state funeral for the anti-apartheid icon who died on December 5.

There were tears and smiles among the large numbers of people who lined the roads in the rural region to pay their respects as the cortege passed by.

The coffin was flown from an Air Force base in Pretoria escorted by two fighter jets.

The BBC reports that in line with tribal custom, Mandela's grandson Mandla accompanied him on the journey, speaking to his coffin to tell him he was on his way home to rest.

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