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The coffin of Nelson Mandela is escorted as it arrives for the funeral ceremony in Qunu. Photo: PEDRO UGARTE

Qunu - Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu arrived at the state funeral in Qunu of former president Nelson Mandela moments before the coffin did on Sunday morning.

The coffin was carried into the venue as the hymn "Lizalis' idinga lakho (Fulfil your promise)" was performed by a choir.

Shortly before, smiling and wearing purples robes, Tutu took his seat among other distinguished guests.

Earlier there was a marked silence at the domed funeral venue as footage of the military procession in which Mandela's coffin was being transported was aired.

A band inside the venue stopped playing once the army marching band approached.

Inside the venue guests took pictures and even videos of a screen showing the flag-draped coffin borne on top of a gun carriage accompanied by military personnel as it was transported on a dusty road from the Mandela homestead. - Sapa

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