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    Funeral of Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter


    by ODN

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    A sombre and frail Nelson Mandela has attended the funeral of his great-granddaughter, Zenani.

    The 13-year-old was killed in a car crash after the World Cup's opening concert.

    The 91-year-old anti-apartheid icon emerged stiffly from a car and leaned on a walking stick.

    He was ferried in a golf cart to the brick chapel of the Johannesburg private school Zenani Mandela had attended and sat in a front pew, his third wife, Graca Machel, accompanying him.

    Also present was his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who is Zenani's great-grandmother.

    After Zenani died, Mandela decided not to attend the tournament's opening ceremony and first game, as had been planned. His public appearances are increasingly rare.

    A private burial was held earlier, with public welcomed to the chapel service. Several hundred people attended, including an overflow crowd in a tent outside, where they could listen to the service.

    Zenani's classmates in school blazers and other mourners each held a single white rose. They stood to sing "Amazing Grace", before a montage of family portraits, including one of Zenani hugging Nelson Mandela, was projected on a screen.

    Police say a close family friend who was driving the car that crashed, killing her, on the night of June 10 could be charged with drunk driving and homicide.