Plane bearing Mandela’s body arrives in Mthatha
14 December 2013 13:55
The casket of former president Nelson Mandela is carried to a military aircraft after a farewell ceremony at Waterkloof Air Base, on the outskirts of Pretoria, on Saturday (December 14 2013). Picture: Themba Hadebe/AP
The airforce C-130 Hercules aircraft carrying former president Nelson Mandela’s body touched down at the Mthatha airport after 1.30pm today.
As the plane and the two jets escorting it flew over the Mthatha city centre, crowds of people jumped up and down, screaming and cheering with excitement.
The convoy carrying Mandela’s body was expected to drive through the streets of Mthatha before being taken to Qunu, about 31km away.
Speaking in Qunu earlier, AmaHegebe chief Phathekile Holomisa said that before the plane left, and throughout the journey, an elder or senior male family member would talk to the body and keep…
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