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Nelson Mandela laid to rest in hometown

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SOWETA, SOUTH AFRICA (CBS) - South Africans said their final goodbyes to Nelson Mandela. The anti-apartheid leader was laid to rest in his hometown.

An hour before Nelson Mandela's state funeral started, people were singing and dancing through the aisles.

But the ceremony itself was a formal affair. Some 4,500 guests came to Mandela's hometown to say goodbye, including Oprah Winfrey and Prince Charles.

They heard from Mandela's family and friends, including Ahmed Kathrada. The anti-apartheid activist spent 26 years in prison with Mandela.

"Goodbye my friend, my mentor, my leader." said Kathrada.

Nandi Mandela said her grandfather's ability to overcome the odds is a lesson for everyone.

"He went to school bare feet and yet rose to the highest office of the land."

Mandela's funeral was televised throughout South Africa. In Soweto and other towns, large video monitors were set up giving people a chance to be a part of the ceremony.

Today's events bring to an end 10 days of ceremonies, memorials and tributes for Mandela.

Anna-Maria Ngobese came to say one final goodbye.

"I am here because my father madiba is gone forever."

After the funeral his remains were taken to a family gravesite nearby. In tribal tradition, he was buried middaY, when the sun is highest in the sky.

Nelson Mandela was 95 years old.


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