The body of former South African President Nelson Mandela is returned to back to the village where he grew up in the Easter Cape, Qunu, along the N2 Highway that was lined by supporters wanting to see him one more time on December 14, 2013. Mandela, former South African president and an icon of the anti-apartheid movement, died on December, 5, at age 92 after complications from a recurring lung infection. (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images for Yahoo News)
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.