Mandela laid to rest

South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has been laid to rest at his ancestral home in Qunu.

His coffin arrived in the Eastern Cape on Saturday after lying in state for three days in Pretoria and began its journey to Qunu where he was buried on Sunday – after ten days of mourning and reflection upon one of the most remarkable lives in modern history.

"Today marks the end of an extraordinary journey that started 95 years ago," said South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, who pledged to build on Mr Mandela's legacy. "As you take your final steps, is that South Africa will continue to rise... because we dare not fail you."

Friend and former Robben Island prisoner Ahmed Kathrada gave an emotional tribute, explaining: "Farewell my dear brother, my mentor, my leader... My life is in a void and I don't know who to turn to."

Earlier today, on South Africa's Day of Reconciliation, a public holiday which marks the end of racial conflict in the country, president Zuma unveiled a nine-metre bronze statue of Mr Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Image: © Getty

Copyright is owned by Africa Outlook and/or Outlook Publishing. All rights reserved.