'He was a great man'

2013-12-08 11:36
A  man carries a paper announcing former president Nelson Mandela's death. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

A man carries a paper announcing former president Nelson Mandela's death. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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

Cape Town - More than a hundred bunches of flowers tied to the railings outside Parliament, tributes to statesman and struggle icon Nelson Mandela, hung wilting in the mid-morning sun on Sunday.

"Teacher of Humanity" proclaimed a poster, with a red heart drawn in the centre, pinned to the ironwork alongside a bunch of white chrysanthemums, outside the precinct's Plein Street entrance.

Opposite, worshippers streamed into St Mary's Cathedral for the 10:00 service.

Father Jerome Aranes sat at the door, welcoming them into the building. Nearby, an altar boy stood swinging a thurible, its smoky incense filling the church porch.

Asked whether he would be making mention of Mandela - who died on Thursday evening at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg - in his service, Aranes told Sapa there would only be a general reference to the former president, because a dedicated service for him had been held on Friday.

"But if you stay for [this] service, [Minister in the Presidency] Trevor Manuel is going to speak afterwards on anti-corruption," he said.

Back across the street, just outside Parliament's main gates, a bare-footed man in a dirty blue overall lay face down on the pavement. Apparently asleep, one of his shoes lay a metre away; the other was nowhere to be seen.

Above him, along the security railings, multi-coloured bunches of flowers, including roses, irises and sunflowers, were shedding their petals in the rising heat.

Two tourists, who declined to be named, posed in front of them to take photos of themselves.

"He was a great man," one of them said in a German accent.

"Your country is going to miss him," said the other.

Downtown, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, photographs and a posters of Mandela were on display in the main foyer. The centre is hosting the 17th International Conference on Aids and STIs in Africa.

"The world has lost an extraordinary statesman and human being," the International Aids Society (IAS) said in a statement, released at the conference.

The IAS paid tribute to Mandela and his efforts to make HIV and Aids "an issue that the world could no longer ignore", citing a speech he made at the opening of the 13th International Aids conference in Durban in 2000.

"This is the one event where every word uttered, every gesture made, has to be measured against the effect it can and will have on the lives of millions," he said on that occasion.

Mandela will be buried in his home town of Qunu in the Eastern Cape next Sunday.

Read more on:    nelson mandela

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
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.