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.