Live Streaming: Nelson Mandela State Funeral

Hat tip: Yahtc

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013Qunu, South Africa (CNN) — A funeral cortege carrying Nelson Mandela’s body arrived Saturday in his ancestral village of Qunu, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, where he’ll be buried Sunday amid the lush green hills of his boyhood.

After a plane carrying his casket touched down in Mthatha, the closest airport to Qunu, it was taken in a procession past mourners who lined the roads to his rural home.

The mood among the crowd appeared to be one of celebration of his life, as well as sadness for his passing.

The nation’s first black president had often said he felt most at peace here at his rural home in the southeastern corner of the nation.

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85 Responses to Live Streaming: Nelson Mandela State Funeral

  1. Yahtc says:

  2. Ametia says:

    SG2 & Yahtc, thank you so much for bringing us the highlights from Madiba’s funeral. The photos are stunning. My heart is full and I’m happy Madiba is at peace now.

  3. People making their way to the grave site.

    State funeral for Nelson Mandela10

  4. The proceedings are now moving to grave site where about 400 people will attend.

  5. President Jacob Zuma : “We will not say goodbye, for you will live forever in our hearts.”

  6. Graca Machel wiping away the tears. Her facial expression has been the same all week. My heart goes out to her.

  7. Oprah and Stedman

    Oprah and Stedman

  8. Ahmed Kathrada: Nelson Mandela has gone to join the A-Team of the ANC.

  9. Yahtc says:

    Casket just passed Oprah.

  10. The hills where Mandela will be buried is breath-taking.

  11. Yahtc says:

    I am going to begin watching the SA news station video you linked in about 15 minutes but probably won’t be commenting.

  12. Oprah Winfrey arrived with long-time partner Stedman Graham in Qunu.

    Oprah Winfrey arrived with long-time partner Stedman Graham in Qunu South Africa

  13. Mandela Funeral: Thousands Arrive In Qunu

    The Prince of Wales and Oprah Winfrey are among the guests jetting in to Mthatha airport near Qunu to attend today’s ceremony.

    Thousands of people are expected to say a final goodbye to Nelson Mandela when he is laid to rest in his ancestral home today.

    Some 4,000 people have been invited to attend the funeral of the anti-apartheid hero including family members, African leaders and several heads of state.

    The mourners will include retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who had earlier said he was “heartbroken” to have apparently missed out on an invite.

    Guests have been taking their seats and the The Prince of Wales has arrived at an airport near the remote village where the South African president grew up, for the service this morning.

  14. Traditional tribal rituals at Mandela’s funeral

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An ox will be slaughtered, the deceased will be wrapped in a leopard skin and a family elder will keep talking to the body’s spirit: The state funeral for South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela on Sunday will also include those rituals from the tradition of the Xhosa people, to whom Mandela’s Thembu clan belongs.

    The funeral in Mandela’s southeastern childhood village of Qunu will be an eclectic mix of traditional rituals, Christian elements and those of a state funeral.

    Here’s a brief look at the Xhosa people and the main elements of their burial traditions:

    The Xhosa people

    The majority of the country’s 7 million Xhosa people live in the country’s southeast, in the Eastern Cape province. Their language, Xhosa, is famous for its three click sounds. The Xhosa recognize the presence of ancestral spirits and call upon them for guidance. Veneration for the world of the ancestors, or Umkhapho in Xhosa, plays an important role in their culture. The ceremonial slaughtering of animals is one of the ways the ancestors are called upon for help, according to a website of South Africa’s Tourism Department.

  15. Ametia says:

    Almost 10 days since Madiba left that ill-ridden body. His SOUL is eternal.

  16. Yahtc says:

    So I see a count down on the second video screen….it’s at 2:42.

    Does this mean that the funeral starts then or just that live news starts then?

    • That’s what I’m thinking it starts at 2:42. I hope we get to see it. I do know the burial will not be televised. Looks like I’m going to pull an all nighter.

      • Yahtc says:

        I want to also, SG2

        Now, what about this that rikyrah posted?

        rikyrah says:
        December 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm
        Media Alert:

        BET will have programs Sunday, 12/15/2013, on Nelson Mandela from 11:00 a.m. EST – 2:00 pm. EST – it’s 2 different programs.

        Will that be a live program or a recap?

      • I’m not sure but I’ve been searching the guide looking for something on Mandela. AlJazeera America will sit down with former President Jimmy Carter on Sunday to discuss Mandela. IIRC it’s 6pm central, 7pm est.

  17. Ametia says:

    Thank you, SG2!

  18. With a hole in its heart, South Africa buries Mandela

    (Reuters) – South Africa buries Nelson Mandela on Sunday, closing one momentous chapter in its tortured history and opening another in which the multi-racial democracy he founded will have to discover if it can thrive without its central pillar.

    The Nobel peace laureate, who suffered 27 years in apartheid prisons before emerging to preach forgiveness and reconciliation, will be laid to rest after a state funeral mixing military pomp with the traditional rites of his Xhosa abaThembu clan.

    The ceremony in the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape has drawn 4,500 guests, from relatives and South African leaders to foreign guests including Britain’s Prince Charles and American civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson.

    The anti-apartheid leader died in Johannesburg on December 5 aged 95, plunging his 53 million countrymen and millions more around the world into grief, and triggering more than a week of official memorials to the nation’s first black president.

    As many as 100,000 people paid their respects in person to his lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he was inaugurated as president in 1994, an event that brought the curtain down on more than three centuries of white domination.

    When his body arrived on Saturday at his ancestral home in Qunu, 700 km (450 miles) south of Johannesburg, it was greeted by ululating locals overjoyed that Madiba, the clan name by which he was affectionately known, had “come home”.

    “After his long life and illness he can now rest,” said grandmother Victoria Ntsingo, as military helicopters escorting the funeral cortege clattered overhead.

    “His work is done.”


    Mandela served just one term as leader of Africa’s biggest and most sophisticated economy, and formally withdrew from public life in 2004, famously telling reporters at the end of a farewell news conference: “Don’t call me, I’ll call you.”

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