Searching for fame and business outside Madiba’s home

2013-12-07 15:14

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The large and ever-growing media contingent outside Madiba’s house in Houghton seems to have made some search for fame.

A father and son were overheard speaking about which camera to walk past to be captured on television.

“If we walk past that camera, we’ll definitely be on TV,” said the son. But the father was less excited, saying: “It doesn’t matter which camera we walk past, we’ll still be on TV.”

Two women were also spotted making comments about how dramatic they were going to be in front of cameras to make sure they were noticed.

But other mourners came to Houghton to give their children a history lesson. One mother was heard telling her children how difficult it was “back in the day” and why Mandela was very important.

Although there are fewer people today, there’s still a steady flow of people walking to the wall of remembrance with cards, flowers and letters of condolences for the Mandela family.

The memorabilia stalls selling caps, T-shirts and other paraphernalia have trebled. But some people paying their respects in Houghton weren’t happy about the prices. A “history” T-shirt showing a host of former ANC leaders, including Mandela, was selling for R300.

One man walked away after trying to bargain down the vendor and failing. He was heard saying: “In Soweto, this stuff isn’t as expensive.”

But others were more than willing to cough up for the T-shirts, ANC cloths and Madiba caps. Business seems to be booming outside Mandela’s home.

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