Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tata Madiba's Journey Back Home

Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel, right, and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Nelson Mandela's former wife, wipe their tears as the former president's casket arrives at Mthatha Airport in Mthatha, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The funeral service for Nelson Mandela will be held in his home town of Qunu on Sunday. Image: AP


 An aircraft carrying the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela is escorted by fighter jets after taking off from Waterkloof Air Base on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. On a final journey to his home village where he had wanted to spend his final days, the remains of Nelson Mandela were honored amid pomp and ceremony Saturday at an air base in South Africa's capital before being loaded onto a plane. Image: AP



Makaziwe Mandela, right, Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter and Ndileka, Mandela's granddaughter, wait for the arrival of the former South African president's casket at the Mthatha airport in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, December 14, 2013.



Motorcycles escort a hearse carrying the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela en route to Waterkloof Air Base on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The body of the iconic leader will be flown to Mthatha Saturday and buried in his hometown Qunu Sunday.



The casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela is carried to a military aircraft following a farewell ceremony by the African National Congress at Waterkloof Air Base on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The remains of Nelson Mandela were being transferred amid pomp and ceremony to his home village for burial the next day


Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela, right, watches as local chiefs drape the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela with a lion skin as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu, South Africa, December 14, 2013. Mandela will be put to rest after funeral services on Sunday.



The casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela on display during a farewell ceremony by the African National Congress at Waterkloof Air Base on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013



People hold hands as the hearse carrying the remains of former South African President Nelson Mandela proceeds to Mandela's hometown and burial site in Qunu, South Africa, Saturday Dec. 14, 2013. The iconic leader will be buried on Sunday close to his house.



A child draped in the South African national flag gestures while taking a photo of the procession as the body of former president, Nelson Mandela arrives at the Waterkloof Air force base in Pretoria Saturday Dec. 14, 2013 from where it will be transported to Qunu for a state funeral on Sunday



People wave goodbye as the funeral procession carrying the remains of former South African President Nelson Mandela proceeds to Mandela's hometown and burial site in Qunu, South Africa, Saturday Dec. 14, 2013


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