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Nelson Mandela makes rare appearance in home village

Former President Nelson Mandela is presented with a torch marking 100 years of South Africa's African National Congress. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown has the story. 

JOHANNESBURG -  Former South African President Nelson Mandela made a rare public appearance Wednesday when the African National Congress party brought its centenary celebrations to his home village.

The 93-year-old, who will celebrate his birthday next month, arrived in Qunu in rural eastern South Africa on Tuesday from Johannesburg.


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The ANC is celebrating its 100th anniversary by touring a torch around the country, presenting it to party members and public figures. Mandela ran the party, which has been ruling post-apartheid South Africa since 1996.

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Although he did not speak, Mandela posed for photographs with the torch during the 45 minute ceremony.

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