Sun, 15 Dec 2013 09:00:00 GMT | By Sapa

Zuma In Song At Mandela Funeral

President Jacob Zuma sang an old struggle song on Sunday ahead of his address at the state funeral of former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape.


Jacob Zuma (© Gallo)

"We, the black nation, are crying for our land which was taken by the white people.

"They should leave our land alone," he sang.

"The children are crying for the nation which was taken by the white people," Zuma sang in Zulu.

Mourners stood on their feet, and sang along with him.

Earlier,  Nelson Mandela's former praise singer Zolani Mkiva had given Zuma a passionate introduction. In his praise song, Mkiva, who was dressed in black with a leopard skin draped over his left shoulder, also acknowledged Mandela. The praise poet had the crowd ululating and cheering. Although, he spoke mostly in Xhosa, foreign dignitaries smiled and clapped during his performance. Prince Charles laughed and chatted to those near him.

Some guests fanned themselves with their programmes as the heat in the dome where the service was being held increased.

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