Songs, prayers and balloons

2013-07-19 00:00

HUNDREDS gathered close to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site near Howick to celebrate the former president’s birthday as part of Mandela Day yesterday.

People flocked to sign a massive birthday card and to share their birthday wishes and pray for Madiba. Among the crowd were KwaZulu-Natal Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize, uMngeni Mayor Mbali Myeni and Mahatma Gandhi’s grand-daughter, Ela Gandhi.

Mkhize was alongside religious leaders while 67 balloons were released, casting shadows over the crowd as they rose into the air.

Priests from all religious groups gathered to offer prayers and good wishes for Madiba.

“Although we are aware of his critical condition, we pray that he is in peace, the family is at peace and the whole nation at peace,” said Mkhize.

The event was planned by multiple church groups with assistance from the Office of the Premier.

Ian Booth, one of the priests at the prayer for Mandela, said: “His capture site is the most appropriate place to hold this event as it truly signifies what he contributed to the country, and we are the only province that can do it here.”

Girls from Inanda Seminary school came out dressed in red to sing hymns for Mandela, and food was served afterwards.

Many people from the area came to offer Mandela support and prayers.

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