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(AP) -- Nelson Mandela is being laid to rest Sunday in his hometown in eastern South Africa.
A hearse carrying the body of the former president and anti-apartheid fighter arrived in the rural village of Qunu on Saturday, where he'll be buried after his funeral Sunday
An enormous convoy of police, military and other vehicles escorted the vehicle carrying Mandela's casket to his family compound. As it passed by, people lining the route sang, applauded and wept.
On arrival at the compound, the national flag covering Mandela's casket was replaced with a leopard skin, a tribal tradition honoring a leader.
Although retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu said earlier Saturday he would not attend the funeral because the government had not made him feel welcome, he changed his mind Saturday night.
His spokesman did not explain Tutu's abrupt reversal but said Tutu would catch a flight early in the morning and be in attendance at Mandela's funeral.