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Family marks end of mourning for Mandela, six months on

Published on Jun 16, 2014 6:28 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - The family of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela marked six months since his death on Sunday with a traditional cleansing ceremony at the family home in Qunu.

The ceremony closed the mourning period, according to Zindzi, Mandela’s daughter from his second marriage with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, while local television reported that revellers slaughtered sheep and quaffed home-brewed beer.

The ceremony also included the burning of the black mourning garb worn by her mother and Mandela’s third wife Graca Machel, Zindzi Mandela said in a statement.

South Africa’s first black president died on Dec 5 at the age of 95 after a long illness, prompting a global outpouring of grief.

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