C Town gathers for Mandela funeral

2013-12-15 08:59
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

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Cape Town - A small group of people gathered at the Grand Parade in Cape Town on Sunday to watch the state funeral of former president Nelson Mandela on a big screen.

About 40 people braved cool weather and overcast skies to watch the funeral broadcast live from Qunu in the Eastern Cape on the screen in front of the city hall at 08:00.

A family wrapped in blankets sat on camping chairs. Others used concrete balls on the parade as seats.

Joggers and cyclists passing by paused to see what was happening.

Police, security officials and emergency medical services were out in full force.

About 5000 people are expected to attend the funeral in Mandela's home village, among them national and international dignitaries.

After the funeral, the AbaThembu will receive the body to bury it according to royal protocol.

Mandela will be buried next to his relatives at the family gravesite, in a private and more intimate ceremony.

Friends, colleagues, comrades and family of Nelson Mandela are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at Remembered.co.za.

Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest in Qunu. Say your final farewell and be published on News24 by e-mailing or uploading.

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