Today marks the third anniversary of the death of African freedom icon and former South African President, Nelson Mandela. The man affectionately referred to as ‘Tata Madiba’ died on December 5, 2013 in Johannesburg.
Ten days later, on a hillside at his ancestral home in the Eastern Cape – Qunu, and following a state funeral, Mandela was laid to rest. Qunu’s most famous son had come home and the world shared in the grief of his family.
Madiba was said to have chosen the burial plot overlooking the village where as a child he had been baptised, herded cattle and gone to school. The final committal was led by Bishop Dabula
“Rest in Peace. Yours was a truly long walk to freedom and now you have achieved the ultimate freedom in the bosom of your maker God almighty. Amen,” Bishop Dabula said.
At his State Funeral, which was graced by a number of world leaders, his coffin rested as is traditional for a tribal chief on a leopard skin in the centre of a huge marquis which was specially built in Qunu to hold over 4,000 invited guests.