Babies baptised at Mandela service

2013-12-08 12:08
A banner with later president Nelson Mandela draped on the City Hall in Cape Town. (Adiel Ismail, Fin24)

A banner with later president Nelson Mandela draped on the City Hall in Cape Town. (Adiel Ismail, Fin24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - The sound of babies wailing echoed through the Bryanston Methodist Church in Johannesburg on Sunday as baptisms were conducted during a memorial service for struggle icon Nelson Mandela on Sunday.

Dressed in their finest, Dylan, Channing, Mangeliso, and Ava Victoria were among some of South Africa's youngest citizens baptised.

Some parents wiped away proud tears and others beamed as their children received prayers.

One mother bounced her baby, wearing a flouncy dress and elaborate headband, on her hip.

During songs played by the church band, people raised their hands, closed their eyes, shook their heads or beat their hearts.

President Jacob Zuma and Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela were at the service, as were grandson Mandla Mandela, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile and TV personality Dali Tambo.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj, dressed in a pink shirt, orange tie and grey jacket, lowered his head during prayer.

Meanwhile in Cape Town, mayor Patricia de Lille shared her personal connection with Mandela in a speech delivered at a special council meeting on Sunday. He would phone her every year on her birthday, she said, according to a copy of her speech.

"He flattered me by calling me his favourite opposition politician."

She said the city had a special relationship with Mandela.

"To our shame, he was imprisoned here for most of his 27-year incarceration. But it was also from here that he gave his first address after his release and where he presided over a new constitutional order."

Back in Johannesburg, former president Thabo Mbeki is expected to attend a prayer service at the Oxford Shul.

Mandela died aged 95 at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home on Thursday. He would be buried in Qunu next Sunday.

- SAPA

Read more on:    nelson mandela  |  winnie ­madikizela-mandela  |  jacob zuma
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

Zuma: Pray for peaceful polls

President Jacob Zuma has asked members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God to pray for peaceful elections on 7 May.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Friday Grabouw - 11:32 AM
    Road name: N2 Eastbound
    DELAYS between Sir Lowrys Pass and Grabouw
  • Friday Cape Town - 10:14 AM
    Road name: M3 Inbound
    EVENT - left lane closed between Rhodes Avenue and UCT
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Torch 9810

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 gives you the powerful combination of...

From R2820.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Self-indulgence may be strong today. You may want to enjoy yourself to the fullest and share it with those that make you feel...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.