Vilakazi Street mourns Madiba

2013-12-06 08:21

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The crowd is swelling outside former President Nelson Mandela’s home in Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, Soweto.

People, mostly dressed in ANC regalia, are chanting struggle slogans while car stereos blare songs dedicated to the fight against apartheid.

A huge poster with Mandela’s face has been hung on the pallisade fence that surrounds the home, which has been turned into a museum.

People have been writing messages of condolence on the poster.

Candles have been lit outside the main gate which leads into the house where flowers are being laid.

Lati Mononyane (20) from Orlando woke to the news of Mandela’s death and rushed to the house.

She says she didn’t even take a bath.

“I just changed my pyjamas, brushed my teeth and ran out of the house. When I heard the news it was like somebody told me my biological father had died,” she said.

“It is so sad that the father of the nation is no longer with us. It’s like I knew him personally.”

11-year-old Jessica Netangula from Orlando West brought flowers to the house.

She said she was feeling sad.

“Mandela loved kids. He always put us first,” she said.

“We have lost a father.”

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