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Nelson Mandela's body brought to ancestral home, burial today


Johannesburg, Dec 14: The body of former and first black president of South Africa Nelson Mandela was brought to his ancestral home in Qunu in Eastern Cape Province on Saturday where it will be buried on Sunday.

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Thousands cheered the funeral procession as it moved from Mthatha to Qunu. The police had a tough time to keep the crowd off the path of the convoy that carried the coffin draped with the national flag of South Africa.

The 95-year-old Nelson Mandela died on December 5 in Johannesburg

On December 12, leaders from across the world gathered at the Soccer City Stadium here for Mandela's memorials.

A brief history of Nelson Mandela:

1918 - Born in Transkei, South Africa

1944 - Joined the African National Congress

1956 - Charged with treason, acquitted later

1962 - Convicted of sabotage and sent to 5 years of imprisonment

1964 - Sentenced to life imprisonmnt for plotting against the government

1990 - Released from prison

1991 - Became president of the ANC

1993 - Won Nobel Peace Prize

1994 - Became president of South Africa

1999 - Decided against seeking a second term as the president

2004 - Retired from public life

2007 - Formed The Elders group

2011 - Briefly hospitalised for chest infection

2012 - Hospitalised for gallstones

2013 - Suffered from ecurring lung infection, died on December 5

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