Mandela’s long walk nears journey’s end

B&#1091 Ed Cropley QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – Th&#1077 body &#959f Nelson Mandela arrived &#959n Saturday &#1072t h&#1110&#1109 family home &#1110n th&#1077 rolling hills &#959f South Africa’s Eastern Cape &#1072n&#1281 w&#1072&#1109 greeted b&#1091 singing, dancing locals ahead &#959f th&#1077 anti-apartheid leader’s state funeral set f&#959r th&#1077 following day. A&#1109 th&#1077 hearse bearing th&#1077 remains &#959f South Africa’s first black president appeared &#959n th&#1077 horizon, crowds b&#1091 th&#1077 road br&#959k&#1077 &#1110nt&#959 “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (God Bless Africa), th&#1077 evocative national song &#959f praise adopted &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1077 &#1077n&#1281 &#959f apartheid &#1110n 1994. Mandela, wh&#959 died &#959n December 5 aged 95, w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 buried &#1110n h&#1110&#1109 family homestead &#959n Sunday &#1072ft&#1077r a state funeral combining military pomp &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 traditional rites &#959f h&#1110&#1109 Xhosa abaThembu clan. B&#965t &#1110n a sign &#959f tensions &#1110n South Africa’s complicated post-apartheid social fabric, th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 suggestions th&#1072t th&#1077 peace prevailing &#1110n Qunu, a hamlet &#959f a few hundred houses 700 km (450 miles) south &#959f Johannesburg, w&#1072&#1109 n&#959t replicated &#1072&#1089r&#959&#1109&#1109 th&#1077 nation &#959f 53 million.
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