Mandela's neighbours watch memorial on TV

By Drum Digital
10 December 2013

Former president Nelson Mandela's next-door neighbours, in the Eastern Cape home in Qunu are glued to their tv sets as they watch the live broadcast of the official Memorial service.

Former president Nelson Mandela's next-door neighbours, in the Eastern Cape home in Qunu are glued to their tv sets as they watch the live broadcast of the official Memorial service currently underway at the FNB Stadium, in Soweto.

Gogo Zusive Nzeki Madiba and her five grandchildren has joined many South Africans from all walks of life who watched the live broadcast.

Madiba blinks rapidly whenever tv cameras show Mandela's face displayed on the screen.

“Mandela was a great man indeed,” says gogo Madiba, her eyes downcast.

“He was a man of the people. He used to walk about in this village greeting people. He did not discriminate,” she recalls.

“Now that Mandela is gone, we will have a bleak Christmas as he used to spoil us with gifts and food,” says Madiba.

Mandela will be buried here in Qunu on Sunday. Mandela is survived by his wife Graça, three daughters, 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

By Sthembiso Hlongwane

Pictures by: Mduduzi Ndzingi

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