Nelson Mandela waved to the crowd at Johannesburg's Soccer City as South Africa bid farewell to the 2010 World Cup on Sunday in an emotional and joyous ceremony.
The anti-apartheid icon had kept a low profile during the month-long tournament, having decided against attending the opening game following the death of his great-granddaughter in a traffic accident after the World Cup concert.
Driven in a small golf cart and seated alongside his wife Grace Machel, the smiling, 91-year-old Mandela 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.
Spain won its first World Cup title, defeating the Netherlands 1-0 on Andrés Iniesta's goal late in extra time.