Mandela goes home

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Associated Press

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 14 at 3:33 PM

QUNU, South Africa (AP) — Nelson Mandela is back home. A hearse carrying the body of the former South African president has arrived in the rural village of Qunu (KOO'-noo), where he'll be buried after his funeral tomorrow.

An enormous convoy of police, military and other vehicles escorted the vehicle carrying Mandela's casket to his family compound. As it passed by, people lining the route sang, applauded and wept.

On arrival at the family compound, the national flag covering Mandela's casket was replaced with a leopard skin, a tribal tradition honoring a leader.

Mandela's journey started with pomp and ceremony at an air base in the capital before being flown aboard a military plane to his hometown in eastern South Africa.

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