Africa

Qunu: The remote village where Mandela will be laid to rest

  • 13 December 2013
  • From the section Africa
Child in Qunu and quote from Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela spent much of his childhood in the small, Eastern Cape village of Qunu - a place he chose to return to after his release from prison. In fact, little has changed there since the future President of South Africa herded animals as a five-year-old boy.

World affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge takes a tour.

Click on the panels on the map below to see more of Qunu. Scroll down for the reflections of local people on Mr Mandela's life.

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  • Qunu village

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  • Family burial ground

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    Across the road from the Mr Mandela's home, is the Mandela family burial ground, where Mandela's ancestors and some of his children are buried.

  • Mandela's house

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  • To Mqhekezweni

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    Beneath the gum trees at Mqhekezweni, six miles from Qunu, a young Mr Mandela is said to have learned about history and politics from tribal elders. He moved to Mqhekezweni to stay with his uncle, a tribal chief, after his father died. The mud hut in which Mr Mandela lived is still standing.

  • Burial site

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    Mr Mandela will not be buried in the family burial ground. He will be buried in a grave on a hill in the grounds of his home.

  • He would ask 'when am I going home to Qunu?'

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    South African MP and friend of Mr Mandela, Bantu Holomisa, describes how the former South African president longed to return to Qunu.

  • 'He changed so many lives'

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    Sinbile Siwendo, who lives in Qunu, talks about what Nelson Mandela meant to him, saying he changed many lives.

  • 'He was a rural boy'

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    Nozuko Yokwana, chair of the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu described him as a 'rural boy... just like any other village person' and says villagers will miss his laughter.

  • Nelson Mandela Museum

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