Mandela great-grandkids say goodbye

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The coffin of Nelson Mandela is seen during his funeral ceremony in Qunu. Photo: ODD ANDERSEN

Qunu -

People around the world were remembering their own Madiba moment, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said at the state funeral of former president Nelson Mandela on Sunday.

“Each one of us... [and] millions of people around the world have had their own Madiba moment,” he told mourners at the funeral in Qunu, Eastern Cape.

“Today we come to lay him to rest... South Africa's greatest son.”

Ramaphosa, who is programme director for the funeral, welcomed guests from abroad and around the country.

Mandela's love of children was then acknowledged with a musical recording .

While a recording of a children's choir singing in honour of him was played, three of his great-grandchildren were brought in to say goodbye.

Two girls were in black dresses, and a boy wore a white shirt and black jacket.

“[Children] were so much part of his soul, especially in the last few days when he could spend more time with them,” ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete said in introducing the recording of the children's song.

Mandela is survived by three daughters, 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. - Sapa

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