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20 March 2018 23:34 (South Africa)
South Africa

Laying Mandela to rest in Qunu – the historic day in pictures

  • Greg Nicolson
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    Greg Nicolson

    Nicolson left his hometown of Melbourne to move to Johannesburg, beset by fears Australia was going to the dogs. With a camera and a Mac in his bag, he ventures out to cover power and politics, the lives of those included and those excluded. He can be found at the tavern, searching for a good story or drowning a bad one.

  • South Africa

The Eastern Cape village of Qunu hosted one of the most important events in South Africa's history on Sunday, yet many of the thousands of journalists who were there watched from a distance, cordoned off and directed to a media centre by police, viewing the same footage beamed around the world. Most of the locals, many who had met former President Nelson Mandela long before we came for his funeral, were in the same boat. Many just went about everyday life. Others caught what they could on TV or radio. Some, of course, wept for the hero we lost. Words and photos by GREG NICOLSON

Photo: A large structure was erected on the Mandela family's Qunu property to accommodate the exclusive funeral. Almost 12,000 soldiers had been deployed and confronted those seeking a closer look.

Photo: A television broadcast of the funeral at a house overlooking the funeral site. The family weren't watching the event, but switched it on when asked, out of interest, hospitality, and, like many in the area, in the hope that the media would help them with a quick buck.

Photo: Local Si Ngiyunxe listens to the funeral on the radio. In the background the media centre can be seen while to his left is the funeral site. He grew up on the property adjacent to Mandela's and is tending to his cows while next door dignitaries pay their respects.

Photo: A mourner listens to the funeral proceedings in Qunu.