Holomisa gives thanks at Mandela funeral

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A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows the funeral service of Nelson Mandela in Qunu. Photo: AFP/ SABC

Qunu - United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa gave a vote of a thanks at the state funeral of former president Nelson Mandela, in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on Sunday.

He thanked the government, various departments, leaders and all those who had helped Mandela.

“I wish to extend on behalf of the family, plus the king of Thembus, the warmest thanks,” said Holomisa, who was a close friend of Mandela.

“The leaders who shared this stage today, thank you for being here. Your words inspired us and warmed our hearts.”

He thanked former president Thabo Mbeki, who advised the Mandela family to be a part of planning committees when Mandela fell ill.

Holomisa thanked his former party, the ANC.

“The chapter of South Africa's history [regarding ANC's part in the struggle] will never be forgotten.”

Methodist Church presiding Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa delivered a brief sermon.

The service was scheduled to end at 10.10am, but Siwa took to the podium just before 11.30am.

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness," Siwa read from Matthew 25, verse 23.

The funeral service was scheduled to end at noon.

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa earlier said Mandela had to buried before noon, according to tradition. - Sapa

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