The Nelson Mandela funeral, South Africa’s greatest son, was held in village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape province where he spent his childhood years.
The final resting place of Mandela is in a garden with winding path at the top of the hill was designed by Greg Straw and said that the 3.2 hectare garden will soon become a memorial for people who give their respect to the South Africa’s greatest Son.
“The person who lies here is South Africa’s greatest son,” said Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of the ANC.
According from the report, the peace icon was given the highest order state assisted funeral.
Thousands of mourners attended the funeral ceremony in honour of their great leader.
The winding path concept was inspired by Nelson Madela’s autobiography “Long walk to Freedom’, it was published after he was released from prison. He was put in jail for 27 years for the conspiracy to overthrew the state.
Public viewing areas have been set up across the country and television channels across the world are broadcasting the ceremony.
Mandela which also known as “Mandiba” died of illness on December 5 at the age of 95. He was a Novel Peace Prize winner, prisoner of conscience and the late human rights lawyer, He became the first black president in South Africa after 1994 first multi-racial elections.
“Nelson Mandela was more than one of the greatest leaders of our time. He was one of the greatest teachers. And he taught by example. He sacrificed so much and was willing to give up everything – for freedom and equality, for democracy and justice,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his tribute at memorial service.
“His compassion stands out most. He was angry at injustice, not at individuals. He hated hatred, not the people caught in its grip. He showed the awesome power of forgiveness – and of connecting people with each other and with the true meaning of peace. That was his unique gift – and that was the lesson he shared with all humankind.”