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South Africa's ruling party bids farewell to Mandela

Published on Dec 14, 2013 5:11 PM
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South African President Jacob Zuma (left), and Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Mandela Madikizela attend a farewell service for former South African president Nelson Mandela, on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013, at the Waterkloof air force base in Pretoria. South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) gave a tearful farewell on Saturday to its beloved former leader, in a song-filled ceremony led by Mr Zuma. -- PHOTO: AFP 

PRETORIA (AFP) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) gave a tearful farewell on Saturday to its beloved former leader Nelson Mandela, in a song-filled ceremony led by President Jacob Zuma.

The party's gold, green and black colours adorned the democracy icon's coffin, which until then had been covered in the national flag for ten days of national mourning that ends with the burial on Sunday.

Party members wiped away tears and sang revolutionary songs in between speakers hailing the democracy icon as a man of peace, integrity and reconciliation.

The memorial gathering of family and African National Congress members took place at a Pretoria air force base from where the body will be flown to Mr Mandela's childhood village of Qunu.

 
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