Nelson Mandela buried today in hometown Qunu

Posted Dec 15, 2013 by Matthew Hendricks
The funeral of former South African president Nelson Mandela was held at his hometown Qunu in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, today.
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
According to, the doors to the marquee in which the service was held was closed at 7.41 this morning, followed by singing and dancing as people waited for service to start.
Inside the dome, purple chairs were placed in front of a stage lined with two rows of candles and a portrait of Mandela, says Black seats were designated for international delegates and special guests.
A list of the day's rolling updates on speeches and proceedings can be found here. reports that only 450 selected guests out of around 5,000 that were at the large marquee tent, were allowed to go to the cemetery. The rest watched proceedings on large screens in the domed tent.
US talk show host Oprah Winfrey and her partner Stedman Graham were among those attending the burial.
Members of the army and other armed services lined the road while Mandela's body was led there by a military procession, as planes flew overhead.
The Mandela family had asked that the final procedures of the burial not be filmed. As the screens in the dome stopped showing footage, some guests got up to leave. Others stayed when an announcement was made that refreshments would be served. People got onto the stage and took selfies.