South Africa Pays Final Tribute to Nelson Mandela

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela was laid to rest this weekend in the tiny village of Qunu where he grew up, following a 10-day mourning period.

Thousands gathered in a huge white tent Sunday for the state funeral, which included elements of Christianity mixed with traditional rituals of Mandela's Thembu clan, the Xhosa people.

"A great tree has fallen, he is now going home to rest with his forefathers," Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, representing the former president's family, said. "We thank them for lending us such an icon."

The audience included world figures from Great Britain's Prince Charles to Oprah Winfrey.

Grace Machel, Mandela's widow, and his second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, sat beside South African President Jacob Zuma.

Mandela became president of his country after spending 27 years in prison and was hailed a hero.

His casket was lowered into the ground after a flyover by military jets and helicopters.

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