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gentle on judge anderson. ♪ welcome to our viewers in the usa and around the world. we're inside mandela's funeral. his process is taking place. his casket is being moved from his home where he spent the night, his last night on his farm. now he's been transported to his funeral which is coming just past me now. we want to take our camera in about two minutes just to show you the very powerful scenes
that are playing out here on mandela's farm. he's been transported in casket that's being surrounded by a military band. this is a state funeral, but it's taking place in a rural remote area of the eastern cape here in south africa. we're just boing to shgoing to these pictures as the military personnel have slowly walked from his home through the farm past the cows and the rolling hills to the tent that's been erected on this area. more than 4,000 dignitaries are wa waiting for him. there are candles lit flickering on the stage inside the tent. we also know that president arrived a few moments ago. let's take a look at what is
>> welcome to you as we continue our coverage of the family of nelson mandela taking place at his home of qunu. >> we're bringing it to you from the eastern cape in qunu. you see it at the center of your screens as it makes it slow journey to the giant marquee that's been erected on the mandela family property in qunu where he will be laid in this marquee and the funeral will begin. >> an extraordinary combination of traditional state funeral and tribal ceremony. the things that will be taking
place inside the tent. period of mourning and the variety things that take place there. you just got back. the mood in south africa. >> it's a mix of great sadness as one would expect as they prepare themselves to the man considered to be the father of their young democracy and it's also a feeling of celebration. a celebration for the man himself. this was a man who has an immense amount of energy. people are trying to capture that as they say good-bye to him. we have seen the singing, dancing and the tears. >> it's an extraordinary setting as we watch the pictures. i can't imagine there's been a funeral like this one in south africa on his home turf. the pomp and ceremony and that mix with the tribal influences. things that happen like the killing of the beast and if that
beast bellows it's a good sign he's being welcomed into the afterlife. and the gun salute. >> it's a very careful balance that has to be maintained. it's also reflective of the man himself who was state president and fought so hard for this country but at the same time a man very much grounded in his tribal traditions and customs. it's important that's reflected as we reach his final chapter. >> robin is the only international journalist inside the mandela compound joins us live. as i was just saying, i can't there's been a funeral in south african history with this import and scene. >> reporter: absolutely. it's just extraordinary to see
that sort of juxtaposition of that military procession and we're surrounded by the green hills of qunu and cows. then you saw this procession of military personnel slowly marching through this area where nelson mandela will lie for the next two hours while his funeral continue, is conducted. he will be moved again to a position just over here behind our camera position on the hill overlooking his farm, overlooking his home. it's there he'll be buried. his grave has been dug all week. there's a viewing platform that's set up for 60 important people and another 450 people, dignitaries will be at that b burial. someone has to be buried with
the sun is high in the sky. that's around four hours time. this is the funeral program i have with me now and it's the photograph that's hanging inside this tent behind me. this will take about two hour, perhaps more. depending on how long the traditional leaders talk. it's going to be about two, three hours and then we will see that burial on the hill over there. this is day of mourning. it's very, very solemn. at the same time there's a wonderful, peaceful, tranquil since. the sky is beautifully blue. there was a fear it will be pouring with rain. >> we had the rain during the memorial service, which is seen as good luck. give us a sense of qunu and the clan sense its importance to go back loam to be bury.
>> reporter: what's key about the belongings like this, people don't have a lot but they do have their culture, their clan, their identity. that's entrenched with lineage. the people before you are often evoked. i was inside the mandela household two days ago and they have a big femaamily tree on onf the walls. they were explaining this intricate line of succession. that will be evoked today. >> let just pause at this solemn moment and listen. ♪
opportunity to satisfy all formalities required by the agreed program of our fest fully fledged state funeral. this morning we cast our eye collectively back on a unprecedented week of out pouring of tears and emotion. about the son of this humble community. the young man who left seven decades ago grew into a mighty leader who was to lead together with his generation of anc leaders. our country out of bondage into the free south africa we enjoy today. he lever us with a new
let us pray. you have committed yourself in christ and revealed your nature and your purpose to us. in your infinite love for poor and wealthy, you laid aside your glory. in your infinite love forever raise a nation you brought a new world into being and taught us to live as citizens of god's rain. you have not stopped in connecting yourself. you still reveal yourself. we praise and thank you, oh god, for the people to whom you reveal yourself still for those
who give themselves to build a world based on the values of your reign of love, justice and reconciliatio reconciliation. today we celebrate the living carnation that was nelson mandela who gave his life for the sake of justice an freedom, who lived the world healing practices of forgiveness, compassion and integrity. we praise and thank you for his faithfulness to your call, his example to justice and reconciliation and his courage to endure suffering, rejection and persecution for the sake of others. we offer this prayer in the name of our lord and savior jesus christ. amen. we listen to god as he speaks to
us through the book, the gospel according to st. matthew chapter 25. we read from verse 14 to verse 30. it's a parable of the talents. again, it will be like a man going on a journey who called his servants an entrusted his property to them. to talons op money and to another two given according to his ability. then he went on his journey. the man who received the five talons put his money to work and five five mor gave five more.
the one who sevreceived within talent dug a hole in the ground and heed his masters money. after a long time the master returned an settled accounts with them. t the man who received five distal lents brought the five and said master, you entrusted me with five talents. i've gained five more. his master relied, well done good and faithful servant. i will put you in charge of many things. come and chair your masters happiness. the man with two talents came. he said you entrusted me with two talents. see, i have gain two more. his master replied good and
faithful servant. i will put you in charge of many thinks. come and share your masters happiness. then the man who had received the one talent. master, he said. i know that you're a hard man. you have not sewn and gathering where you're not scattered seed. i was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. here is what belongs to you. his master replied you wicked, lazy servant. you gather where i have not scattered seed. well then, you should have put my money on the deposit with the bankers so that when i returned i will have received it back with interest. take the talent from him and
give it to the one with the ten talents for everyone who has will be given more and he will have an abundance. whoever does not have even what he has will be taken from him. and throw that servant outside into the darkness where there will be weep iing. this is the word of god and so thank be to god. amen. >> no effort has been spared in frying to ensure that this funeral service reflects as much of what he was, what he associated himself with, what he loved and what he would have
liked to see this morning. already we've sung two songs that were song at the birth of his organization, the african national congress. we have sung the national anthem. [ speaking foreign language ] >> so, we will now listen to the tape recorded by children who is so much part of his soul especially in his last days when
they represent the years of life. this is an on nor to him to remember the years he was on earth and more especially the contribution that he made to our country. we are meant to be laying him to rest at 12 midday. in terms of the practitradition practices in this part of our country in qunu. a person of his stature is meant to be laid to rest when the sun is at its highest, when the shadow is at its shortest. we will try to direct the program that we do finish in time to be out of here at the latest by 10:30 so those who are
proceeding to the burial site can do so. for the past nine days, and this is the tenth day, many of us have been engaged with the memory. what he's meant to us. what he's meant to our country and what he has meant to the world. there's been outpouring love and affection. there's been mourning as well but many of us have had moments to reflect and to have some seconds of introspection. many people around the world have been remembering their own moment. the times they encounter him
visually or in other ways and the times that they got to think about him. each one of us, indeed millions of us around the world have had their own moment. today we come to lay him to rest. we lay to rest what president zuma describe as south africa's greatest son. the person who lies here is south africa's greatest son and would like to welcome all you have here and all who are watching this proceedings for being part of this process and indeed for being part of his life.
amongst all of us as the first century who is here. the mandela family, mama winnie mandela is here. the former president of the republic of south africa and the former deputy president. we acknowledge the presence of cabinet member who is are here and members of the national executive committee of the ruling party, the traditional leaders who are also here,
religious leaders also here, the chief justice, the speaker of parliament and the deputy speaker and the chairperson of the national provinces. >> if you're just joining us the pictures on your screen are for the funeral service of nelson mandela in the eastern cape of south africa. we want to bring in a guest standing by who knew nelson mandela well through the struggle against apartheid. he was an inmate with mandela. good to have you with us. this funeral service and the burial that shall follow is a careful balancing act between the official state protocol, the military honors and traditional
aspect. talk to me about what has struck you, what stands out for you as you looked at these pictures of the last half an hour. >> the range of people that manage to get to that part of the ceremony is very striking. it represent the cross section of traditional leaders from across the country, their drawn from religious dominations, denominations and from different religions represented there. that, i think, represents in a way mr. mandela's life that was made of up a range of relationships with people from different corners of the country. i see there's a good representation of people from elsewhere in the world. africa is well represented and people from beyond africa are
around in numbers. i know that there are people who weren't able to get to that venue are listening in at various venues around the country and people are glued onto their televisions which is good for mr. mandela paying his respect. i hope this is a lesson to our country and i hope people will take note of the importance of building bridges across so many different groupings. i hope that tradition mr. mandela represented will continue in some way. >> as you talk about building bridge, it's also important that this funeral is not politicized and the anc don't become the overwhelming image of it, the symbol of the funeral. how well have they done striking that balance? >> i think they've done it reasonably well. there's been moments when i was a little concerned.
i was concerned yesterday at the air base. i thought there was a clear risk of their degenerating into a party issue. both of the speeches that were given and the people that were there and i don't think the anc needed to have something separate to express its grief towards mr. mandela. that's understood. i think this moment calls for the anc to reach out to people beyond the party, beyond people who are not faithful of the anc and begin building the friendships and the relationships that mr. mandela built. those relationships have been extremely good for south africa. i hope somebody within the anc realizes that and will take the time to invest in creating and building those relationships and nurturing them as well as mr. mandela did. >> good points. i'm struck when looking at these
pictures just the logistical achievement that's being made to build this structure even out there in qunu. it really is impressive. you mentioned those there. we saw oprah winfrey and many other ls as well. he really believe there had is where he belonged. tell us about that connection with the homeland. >> qunu is place to which mr. mandela's mom moved to once his father died. bring tradition his father would have been buried at his crawl. he was buried with mandela was
seven or nine years old. he was responsible for looking after the animals of his father. he fell in love with those. i should mention that something that is rather special about the place the that people who come from the eastern cape all adored the place. mr. mandela was the same as all of those people. he has access to that part of the country that's very difficult to explain. he had a house here but he always thought of home and home for him was qunu. there he attained peace and
wau wanted to return and be laid to rest there. >> it looks like a beautiful place. the achievement of setting this up and getting all those people there to what is a remote place. >> it hasn't changed a lot since the time of nelson mandela's growing up there. a place that's one of the poorest in the country. it's remarkable to see. >> look at that picture there. >> this is a place of vast open fields, running streams and rolling hills. mandela spent some of his happiest times here. he wrote about that. he said it was in the fields. the fields of qunu that i learned how to knock birds out of sky with a slingshot to drink warm sweet milk street from the utter of a cow. this is place he looked back on with great fondness. >> he used to herd cattle there.
i'm struck by the garden. robin, we heard earlier the recording of the children singing. tell us about that. what it was about and what it meant. >> reporter: i think what's key about this funeral and we have said it over and over again, but it keeps on resonating is the battle between the person and political. we heard the national anthem. what is so powerful about that song is it's song sung in three different languages. it's an amalgamation of the new south africa. it was a good indication of nelson mandela. when we came to power as the first black president here, he didn't sweep away everything of
the apartheid past. that song and the national anthem speaks to everybody here in south africa and how everybody has to tried to learn from him to try and emulate him. also we heard a song, a recording of children singing. i'm told that was one of his favorite songs. that song was organized and recorded by mrs. michelle, his wife. it's her tribute to him. what's also key is the fact it was children singing. he had a deep love of children. when he was imprisoned for 27 years he hardly saw children. his own children and other children. he's often said that's what he missed the most was the sound or the sight of a child over those
years. he's here, back home in the rural roots where he grew up. this is very much the center of nelson mandela's life whether you talk about him now as a leader but also as man. his personal heritage can be traced back hundreds of years. when you talk about him being a son of the soil that's what is playing out in this funeral. >> robin, as you talk about the mandela family, i want to talk about the situation they find themselves in as you pointed out. nelson mandela spending 27 long years in prison separated from his family and children. now family that didn't get a will the of him in life have to share him in death and in their
mourning. we've seen pictures of his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. i want to talk about his oldest male heir. he's play an important role since the days his grandfather died. talk to us about that. >> reporter: i think also one thing you must remember and again some of the depth to nelson mandela's character and life. men are still considered the true leaders embodiment of these tribes and clans. he's been sitting next to the coffin. he along with other tribal and religious elders in this area spent the whole night with the coffin as well. in terms of passing on the
madiba name, he's very much the essence of that. >> we were speaking on error a family representative calling on the family to unite and put aside their differences. what's the state of family unity as we look at the legacy of nelson mandela going forward? >> reporter: obviously a touchy question. i think it's a touchy question for many people. they have said it to me. they admit they are divided. when you look back at his life people have said we can analyze the history. one of the greatest failures was the fact he left his family. he chose a political path. he knew that consequences of that. when i interviewed him he acknowledged he wish he spent more time with his family and he understood he had to abandon him because it was good for his
soul. the common good of all people in way he understood he would have to give up something. he gave up his family. his first marriage suffered. the children rarely saw limb. they very much feel a sense of deep sadness that he wasn't part of their lives and the grand childr children's lives in the last few years. his second marriage to winne mandela. his children were very young when he went to jail. they got divorced soon after he was released. his married a third time on his 80th birthday. she's very much part of this family. her children have been welcomed into their larger mandela family. you have three divide second-degree families. this will been an attempt, a
show of unity. remember as the first family, his first wife, the children from that, that line is considered within this tribal area as the main one. that's why you're seeing pictures of them. they very much organized this. there's been differences and there hasn't been some unity in this family over the years. i think as we go forward it will be interesting the see how they work it out themselves. mandela didn't try and tell them what to do. i think this is part of the deep richness of mandela's life. his life was made up of twists and turns. it was painful. there was a lot of sacrifices, a lot of tragedy along the way. i think that's very important to remember. he didn't just drop from the sky. he really hurt a lot. he gave up a lot. he hurt other people along the way and it's those people even though they perhaps weren't
embraced by him and his family, they weren't there. they still very much paying their respects to him because they understand he did the right thing and they know that. that's also playing into this. that garden that you mentioned where he's being buried it's been designed so when you walk up to his grave you go through these twists and turns. there's a deep sense that people don't want his name and hissa image to be whitewashed. they want people to understand he was a figure. he's going to resonate through the ages. >> we want to go back. to pick up on robin just said it's not about whitewashing nelson mandela's life and smoothing out the rough part but remembering him in all his
complexity. the man himself said many, many times the, i am no saint. go ahead. >> that's exactly right. mr. mandela admitted so many times and for anyone who spent time with him you get to know that mr. mandela is as human as anyone of us. those of us who spend time with him were provided a window to his life that few other people were able to see. he truly was involved with his family. he thought about them. he talked about them endlessly. apart from his own family, his own children and the marriage he was involved in, there was another side to his family which also was in turmoil.
their great grand father. he had three sons. they were drawn from the second brother and the third brother was mandela. now you would know that he chose to take the dprenz si and that creat created massive tension within the family. he have not able to communicate with his first cousin as well as he wanted to because he had chosen a different political path from that mr. mandela has chosen. there was tension because they u usurped the people.
the current king grew up in exile and mr. mandela spent a considerable amount of time and trying to bring the family together. we know this because he spoke about those issues endlessly. family in the broader sense of the word. i think he succeeded. damage that was done in the past years is something that could not be revisited. the last thing to say about his family is that the chief had a run in with the anc and, in fact, joined the da about two, six months ago and that was further reason within the family for tensions to arise which required their attention of mr.
mandela. all of these people continue to talk and be very nice to one another but underlying all those things very difficult tensions and all of those rested on the shoulder of mr. mandela to resolve. he did an amazing piece of work. >> we'll get back to him when we kk. since mandela died you see a lot of people also want to embrace him as a friend. this was a man who never tried away from controversy. never sought or wanted approval for the positions he took. we know that over the years a very critical united states, particular, when it came to the war in iraq embraced the likes
of fidel castro. was never apologetic for any of that. >> no. one of the graesest legacies of nelson mandela and many on a personal level speaks to me is the fact that as a black african he reasserted the dignity. >> and honest. >> and honest of what it is to be an african. people from the continent it was so important to have someone as the standard bearer. >> no fear or favor? >> no fear or favor. we will make our own decisions and it's not for other people. is it not for the united states in some cases to tell us who our friends should be and what options should be. that's something that resonated with africans. >> i was lucky enough to be down there for the world cup which is a couple of years ago. >> we were there together.
one of the great passions of nelson mandela was the fight against poverty which he called a scourge upon the earth. that grinding poverty still very much exist. there are many challenges facing south africa. what do people tell you about life? >> i think life for a lot of black south africans is difficult but it's also good for some south africanafricans. it's not simply a black and white issue. it's also a black and black issue. there's a successful black midd middle class. there's unacceptly a number of people living in town with no
access to electricity and sanitati sanitation. for the young people in south africa they say this man, say he fought and liberated us. how much is that materially improved our lives? >> did you get a sense of, i don't know, an erosion of the dream? >> the people he passed on the mantle have failed to live up to it. we want to go back to the pictures in south africa right now. moving to the stage now to speak. a very, very dear friend of nelson mandela who will be making remarks today. he's making his way up to the stage where he will reflect on a long, long friendship with nelson mandela. as we have said so many people gathered under that marquee to pay tribute to nelson mandela.
he was a man with great friendships. >> inkridable fete of logistic ts to get this set up in this time frame in such a remote area and an incredible list of people who are there to mark the burial of nelson mandela. let's listen in. >> mrs. winnie mandela, entire mandela family. our president zuma, wonderful dignitaries. the last time i saw madiba alive
is when i visited him in hospital. i was filled with an alarming mixture of sadness, emotion and pride. he tightly held my hand. i brought all emotions in me, and my mind automatically flashed back to the picture of the man on the home i grew up. how i wished i'd never had to confront what i saw. i first met him 67 years ago. the tall, healthy strong man, the boxer, the prisoner who easily wielded the pick and
shovel when we couldn't do so. >> our viewers in the united states will leave us for a special honoring the children of >> we're going to leave for that special. but stay with cnn. we'll have more updates on the funeral throughout the day. ♪ daniel was drawn to music. he always wanted to be a drummer. >> i still really can't seem to get my head around that this has happened and how final it is. >> good >> i had to be on the floor because i felt if i stood up the world woulin