Mandela's coffin arrives in his childhood village of Qunu

Nelson Mandela’s coffin has arrived in Qunu, the village where he spent his childhood, on South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

Thousands of people lined the streets – many singing and dancing – to glimpse the hearse as it passed by.

In the crowd of revellers, Qunu resident Norma Khobo told reporters, “I couldn’t hold my excitement! It felt like I was holding him by the hand!”

“Man, it was a magic moment. I had a bad feeling, but at the same time I had some joy, because this guy has fought for black and white to unite,” said another enthusiastic local, Thoko Nqadolo.

Mandela – the anti-apartheid leader who went on to become South Africa’s first black president after spending 27 years in jail – died on December 5, aged 95.

His funeral is being held in Qunu on Sunday, December 15.
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