Mourners gather at Orlando Stadium

By Drum Digital
15 December 2013

Small groups of people started trickling into Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

Small groups of people started trickling into Orlando Stadium in Soweto by 8.30am on Sunday for the live screening of former president Nelson Mandela's funeral in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

Randburg resident Mike van der Berg was there with his wife and two sons.

"We couldn't watch the funeral indoors... I told my boys that if we can't be in Qunu, then we should be among fellow South Africans at the stadium," he said.

Peter Marang, 56, says he lived opposite the stadium and had watched television and waited for the proceedings in Qunu to start.

"I just crossed the street just after 8am into the stadium. Not many are here but I like the atmosphere," Marang said, adding that those who were in Qunu were lucky.

"May the old man rest in peace... he will always be in my heart. A true people's leader he was."

Another group carried Mandela posters and sang revolutionary songs.

People continued to come in through the Mooki Street entrance as government employees handed out T-shirts with the words "Hamba Kahle Tata" on them.

Wearing their white Madiba T-shirts, most people chose to sit in the shade in the upper tiers of the stadium

-by Sapa

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