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‘Madiba meant the world to Qunu’

Locals gathered to pay their last respects to their neighbour Nelson Mandela.

People came to watch Nelson Mandela's funeral from Mthatha Stadium on 15 December 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

QUNU - There were scenes of unity and gratitude as locals in the Eastern Cape gathered around a big screen to watch Nelson Mandela's funeral.

The former statesman died peacefully at his Johannesburg home last week.

Mandela was buried in Qunu in the Eastern Cape earlier on Sunday.

With tears in her eyes, one woman said Madiba meant the world to people in this region.

"When I think of him, I think of Jesus Christ."

There was a sombre mood as locals watched the service on a big screen in their village.

They had a panoramic view of Madiba's property and the white dome where the main service was held.

When Mandela's coffin was carried to the burial site, the crowd waved their hands in the air as if to say goodbye.