Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

15 December 2013

Africa: South Africa Bids Final Farewell to Madiba

analysis

Tata Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in Qunu just after midday on Sunday. He leaves a nation in mourning but he also leaves a nation that knows too well that the struggle for all that he fought for has not yet been won.

"We have to take your legacy forward," President Jacob Zuma said at the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela on Sunday. "In doing so, we will continue drawing lessons from your very rich and extraordinary life."

After his speech at the official memorial service at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday was widely criticised, President Zuma appeared more at ease on Sunday as he eulogised the late president. It was a humble address that aptly paid tribute to the people significant to Madiba's life as well the defining moments of the late president's life.

Zuma's speech struck the right tone for the occasion.

"Your abiding revolutionary spirit will prevail on us to not rest, until the poor and the working class have truly benefited from the material fruits of freedom and democracy which you fought for," he said addressing Madiba.

It was a funeral befitting the father of the nation, a funeral that encapsulated...

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