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Thousands Mourn Govan Mbeki

September 09, 2001

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa — Thousands of mourners, including Nelson Mandela and South African President Thabo Mbeki gathered today for the funeral of Mbeki's father, a famous anti-apartheid activist.

In accordance with his wishes, Govan Mbeki was buried in a simple cemetery, among the ordinary people he served.

He died Thursday after a long illness at the age of 91.

A teacher, author and political leader in his own right, Mbeki spent 23 years in prison with Mandela under apartheid.

Attending the service were members of the Cabinet, senior diplomats, business leaders, King Letsie III of Lesotho and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Mbeki was buried wrapped in a blanket bearing the markings of the Congress of South African Trade Unions and wearing a cap of the African National Congress.

Associated Press

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