INTRODUCTION: In Zimbabwe, assassinated black nationalist Joe Gqabi was buried last Sunday (9 August) with full military honours.
GV PAN Warren Hills cemetery with mourners at graveside.
GV Mugabe arriving followed by Tambo.
SV Cortege moves past guard of honour.
GV PAN Pall bearers carrying coffin to graveside. Mourners (2 SHOTS)
GV Coffin being carried to grave with mourners following (good sound) at 1.15. (2 SHOTS)
GV Soldier mourning at graveside.
SV Bugler playing.
SV PAN Mourners filing past floral tributes. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Zimbabwe, assassinated black nationalist Joe Gqabi was buried last Sunday (9 August) with full military honours. The funeral in Salisbury was attended by Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Robert MugaBe, several cabinet ministers and senior officials of the African National Congress (ANC).
SYNOPSIS: Ceremonies were conducted at Warren Hills cemetery. About 500 mourners were there to pay tribute to an important figure in African politics.
Mr. Mugabe, a staunch supporter of the dead man, was joined in the cemetery by ANC President, Oliver Tambo.
South African activist Mr. Gqabi had been tipped as a possible successor to Mr. Tambo before being shot as he left his home in a suburb of the Zimbabwe capital on 1 August.
Mr. Gqabi, 51, worked in Zimbabwe for the ANC, the largesT African nationalist movement opposed to apartheid policies practised in South Africa. He left South Africa after spending many years as an opponent of the Pretoria government.
He spent 12 years in prison for political offences and stood trial on subversion charges following Johannesburg's Soweto riots. He was acquitted and left his country to join the ANC leadership. They have free access within Zimbabwe but have been refused permission to set up military bases there.
At the graveside were these soldiers and a lone bugler.
Earlier, Mr. Mugabe spoke to mourners. He said Mr. Gqabi's death provided conclusive proof that "the enemy is in our midst". He also called for vigilance against what he described as further acts of enemy aggression against leading nationalist figures.