Mandela joins World Cup closing ceremony in South Africa

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 11, 2010 21:02

JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela waved to the crowd at Soccer City as South Africa bid farewell to the 2010 World Cup in emotional and joyous ceremony on Sunday.

Driven in a small golf cart and seated alongside wife, Graca Machel, the smiling, the 91-year-old anti-apartheid icon was welcomed by a thunderous mix of vuvuzelas and roars from the crowd. He shook hands with officials before leaving the field a few minutes later.

Earlier, Shakira performed "Waka Waka" ("This Time for Africa",) the competition's official song. Also performing was Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The ceremony was attended by heads of state from across Africa, including South Africa's Jacob Zuma and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.


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