South Africa President Jacob Zuma returns to his seat after giving a speech during the funeral ceremony of South African former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu on December 15, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ODD ANDERSEN
December 15, 2013
QUNU, South Africa (AP) - Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela has been buried in the African ground he loved.
His casket was lowered into the earth after military jets and helicopters with South African flags displayed flew over the pallbearers.
Government spokesman Phumla Williams said Sunday the ceremony, which was concluded with TV cameras turned off, has ended.
South African television showed Mandela's casket at the family gravesite. The broadcasting was stopped at the request of the Mandela family.
The burial took place among the rolling hills of Qunu, the village in eastern South Africa where Mandela grew up and where he was taken for burial in an elaborate ceremony Sunday.