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article imageMandela's body en route to Qunu via helicopter

By Matthew Hendricks     Dec 14, 2013 in World
Nelson Mandela's body will take a trip by helicopter this morning to Qunu in the Eastern Cape, for his burial on Sunday.
According to, Mandela's family will also accompany his remains on the flight from the Waterkloof Air Force Base which leaves at 10:45 a.m.
They should land in Mthatha around 12:45 p.m.
After making two short stops for people to see, the convoy will proceed to Qunu, where Mandela's remains are to be handed over to the Mandela family by the military.
They will remain in Madiba's house until Sunday morning when the official funeral will be held.
According to, this morning at Waterkloof Airbase Former president Thabo Mbeki, ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, ANC stalwart Frene Ginwala, and former Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride, as well as US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson and TV personality Dali Tambo are among those present at the Waterkloof airbase for a rather exclusively ANC-based handover ceremony. reports that this morning for the handover ceremony, the South African flag that had draped Mandela's coffin was removed and the coffin draped in ANC colours.
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