Nelson Mandela’s funeral service ended on Sunday in his ancestral village of Qunu in Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Mandela was buried next to his relatives as he wished in Qunu, a small village, where Mandela spent most of his childhood years.

About 4,500 guests attended the funeral ceremony.

In his speech, the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, promised to keep Mandela’s legacies alive.

He said “while long walk has ended in the physical sense, our own journey continues.

“Thank you for being everything we wanted and needed in a leader during a difficult period in our lives.”

Politicians and leaders from Africa also paid tributes to Mandela, the South African first black president and the anti-apartheid icon in the world.

Malawi’s President and SADC Chairperson, Joyce Banda, said she was inspired by Mandela, who had a spirit of forgiveness.

She said “Tata believed all people are created equal and he saw no boundaries as he championed the course of freedom for all Africans”.

The African Union Chair and Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, said Mandela’s life was a record of all the trials the African countries had to endure under colonialism.

He said “humanity is better because of the likes of Madiba”, in reference to Mandela’s Xhosa name, regarded as Africa’s greatest son and father of freedom.

Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete said the people of Tanzania have lost a great friend, a great comrade in arms.

Mandela’s funeral marked the end of a 10-day official mourning since Dec. 5 when the 95-year-old anti-apartheid icon passed away at his home in Houghton.



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