FNB Stadium filling up

By Drum Digital
10 December 2013

FNB Stadium in Johannesburg was gradually filling up ahead of the start of former president Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

FNB Stadium in Johannesburg was gradually filling up ahead of the start of former president Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday.

The upper tiers of the stadium remained the seats of choice as rain continued to fall, with the level below beginning to fill up either side of the three stages positioned at one end of the pitch.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa could be seen talking to journalists in the media area, with security tight at all entrances.

US security agents were in position with US president Barack Obama due to arrive.

British prime minister David Cameron had also arrived, according to eNCA.

Outside, members of the public continued to move into the stadium at a slow pace, with the seats nearest the pitch gradually becoming dotted with umbrellas.

Following the jazz musicians, a gospel choir took to the stage with a band to entertain the crowd as the smell of braai meat drifted across the stadium.

The crowd inside continued to sing, dance and chant, with proceedings expected to begin at 11am.

Mandela died in his home in Houghton on Thursday night. He was 95.

-by Sapa

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