Mandela’s body in home province

State funeral, burial today for former S.African president

Posted: December 15, 2013 at 5:08 a.m.

People wave at an aircraft carrying the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it takes off from Waterkloof Air Base on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. On a final journey to his home village where he had wanted to spend his final days, the remains of Nelson Mandela were honored amid pomp and ceremony Saturday at an air base in South Africa's capital before being loaded onto a plane. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

MTHATHA, South Africa — The body of former South African President Nelson Mandela was flown Saturday from Pretoria to Mthatha in his native Eastern Cape province in preparation for a state funeral and burial to be held today.

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