Mourning Mandela, day 2 - as it happened

2013-12-07 17:00

Get the details from Saturday's events as the world continued to mourn Nelson Mandela's death.


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Last Updated at 01:38
With Nelson Mandela’s funeral set for Sunday 15 December, various political leaders have already announced they will be attending the event.

The country has also declared 10 days of mourning and South African flags are being flown at half mast.

Madiba will be laid to rest in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

• It's an emotional time for South Africans, and many around the world. Share your fondest memories of Madiba with us by either e-mailing or uploading them.

17:10 - Matanzima: It hasn't been easy for the past two days but we thank you for support, and it will get better

17:09 - Matanzima: Although he attained the status of global icon, he was known for humility in the family.

17:09 - Matanzima: As a family we learn from him the values that made him a recognised leader- a life lived for all.

17:08 - Matanzima earlier said: Even while he was busy he visited members of the Tembu royal household.

17:08 - Nelson Mandela's grandson Ndaba has sent condolences on behalf of family to Baby Jake Matlala's family.

17:07 - Mandela family spokesperson Generall TT Matanzima: Death wasn't surprise but it was still painful. The pillar of the Mandela household not with us physically, but his spirit is still with us.

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16:37 - There was a minute's applause before Manchester United's game with Newcastle United in honour of our late former president.

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16:25 - News24 user Danie van Antwerpen sent us this sweet story: "I wa a Police reservist when Mandela became President. Pavarotti hosted a concert at Loftus in Pretoria. Just before the end of the show, Mandela left the presidential box. He got out of his car and unlike other high profile people, he stopped and greeted a couple of Police officers by hand and with a very sincere smile and look on his face thanked us for the service to South Africa…What a great man…"

16:22 - The ANC Women's League members have set up a stage on Vilakazi Street and are hosting a mini rally, tweets EWN reporter.

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16:00 - The 1995 RWC final could be seen as the day Nelson Mandela single-handedly outpsyched the mighty All Blacks.

15:58 - International Relations Minister Nkoana-Mashabane is paying tribute to Madiba at a Diplomatic Corps Briefing in Pretoria.

15:49 - The Elders touching tribute to Madiba:

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15:16 - Residents of Mandela's childhood village of Qunu are solemnly preparing for the final return of their beloved son.

15:13 - News24 user PP Kotoloane says: "I met Tata Nelson Mandela in 2004 on the 27th of April when the country was celebrating the ten years of Democracy, I had the chance to hold his hand. I will cherish that moment forever with the rest of the children whom where there to meet him. "

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14:54 - The South African National Defence Force on Saturday ordered soldiers on leave to report back for duty to provide support for Nelson Mandela's mourning and funeral activities.

14:49 - "In 1998 I worked as an academic at the University of Fort Hare. At the same time, I was also Conductor for the University Choir. Madiba was to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Fort Hare. As a Choir we were performing at the graduation Ceremony. Madiba was so impressed with our performance that he asked the Vice Chancellor, Prof Mzamane, to announce that the choir should wait for the President at the back of the hall. He came and shook the hands of each member of the Choir. I was so touched." - News24 user Theo Bhengu.  

14:34 - Please also bring along your ID, passport or driver’s license if you wish to attend the session, Parliament says. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

14:32 - The joint sitting will be held on Monday, 9 December at 14:00 in Parliament. Parliament says if people wish to attend the special sitting, they must arrive by 12.30.

14:30 - Parliament has invited members of the public to be part of a historic special Joint Sitting of the National Assembly and National Council Of Provinces on Monday to honour Madiba.

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14:11 - Alex Eliseev says: So little information coming from Chabane, journalists are now asking for a "timeline of a timeline for release of further info". 

14:04 - Chabane refuses to give any hint of who will speak / perform at memorial service on Tuesday, says EWN reporter Alex Eliseev.

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13:55 - Chabane: Govt is not having sleepless nights about terror threats during massive events (memorial service, funeral, etc).

13:54 - Chabane says if Tuesday was going to be a public holiday, President Zuma would have announced it. So no go for now.

13:46 - Chabane: SA govt is briefing foreign missions on Saturday on funeral arrangements.

13:45 - Chabane: Heads of states visiting South Africa will be able to decide which event they attend (memorial service  or the funeral).

13:44 - Chabane: The department of international relations and co-operation (Dirco) is not able to give us a list of dignatories who have confirmed attendance, but will post on the website once that's done.

13:42 - Chabane: Memorial service is state-run, and Qunu funeral. Programmes for those will be provided quite soon. 

13:39 - Scenes on Sky News of drum majorettes dancing up a storm in Soweto. 

13:37 - Minister in the Presidency Chabane has announced that there will be major road closures in Gauteng.

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13:21 -  Were you ever fortunate enough to meet Madiba? Describe the once-in-a-lifetime encounter to us by e-mailing or uploading your story.

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13:03 - And in other breaking news, former boxing champion, Baby Jake Matlala has died. He was 51. He died at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital on Saturday morning, Eyewitness News says.

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12:32 - The remains of Mandela will be paraded through the streets of Pretoria on the days he lies in state at the Union Buildings, the government says.

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12:24 - News24 User Zovuyo Mputa sent us this: "Three year after my twin sister were born, South Africa held its first democratic election. I obviously did not know what an election was but it was the most exciting time of our younger years.
We would sleep with South African flags painted across our faces ans would sing the national anthem for all our visitors while we stood behind a photograph of Tata Nelson Mandela.
I even remember standing in line while my parents casted their votes for the first time.
I may have not experienced Apartheid properly but I am glad to be part of his vision." 

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12:03 - Scores of children and their parents have arrived at Madiba's home in Houghton to pay their respects.

11:36 - A list of places throughout the country where one can find condolence books.

11:32 - Security at the Union Buildings in Pretoria has been tightened as hundreds of people stream there to pay their last respects to Mandela.

11:29 - There will also be a night vigil starting on Saturday 14 December at 17:00 before Mandela's funeral the following day.

11:28 - A remembrance evening will be held in Wesfleur, Atlantis on Thursday 12 December at 19:00. 

11:27 - The City of Cape Town says in a statement: "In order to maintain order and safety, the City will have a coupon system in place to regulate entry to the stadium. A maximum of five coupons are available per person, free of charge, on presentation of a valid Identity Document or passport. These coupons can be collected via Computicket or at any Shoprite outlet across Cape Town.
This coupon allows free access to public transport in the form of the MyCiTi bus service, Golden Arrow Bus Services, and Metrorail into and out of the city.
Commuters are encouraged to use the free public transport service because some roads around the stadium will be closed and it is anticipated that there will be traffic congestion.
There will be a free MyCiTi shuttle service from the Civic Centre to the Cape Town Stadium and ‘walk of remembrance’ from the Civic Centre to the stadium will be activated (the fan walk)."

11:23 - The Cape Town Stadium event on Wednesday will take place at 16:00. Local artists will perform and maybe even an international artist.

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11:18 - This fascinating piece from writer John Carlin (he wrote the book on which the film Invictus was based) is a must-read.

11:10 - The national memorial service, happening at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday night, will be screened live on the Grand Parade, tweets reporter Rebecca Davis.

11:09 - OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha will also host a remembrance evening on Monday, says De Lille.

11:06 - De Lille also says a special council sitting will be held on Sunday and another interfaith service will be held at 17:00. 

11:05 - Spontaneous tributes to Nelson Mandela have sprung up at many sites around the country. Send us your photos of these mini-monuments celebrating the great man by either e-mailing or uploading them.

11:02 - The City of Cape Town will host a memorial service on Wednesday at Cape Town Stadium, says Mayor Patricia de Lille. Public transport will be free on the day and the fan walk will be opened.

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10:50 - Chairperson of the museum, Nozuko Yokwana says 'today my heart is bleeding.' She says Madiba preached education as a religion - EWN reporter.

10:49 - A small ceremony is taking place at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu. 

10:48 - The White House says President Barack Obama phoned Graca Machel on Friday to express condolences.

10:38 - Three giants of the struggle - Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, and former president Nelson Mandela - have died within 10 years of each other.

10:29 - No photographs or footage will be taken of Madiba's body while it remains in state - as per his family's request, tweets Nickolaus Bauer. 

10:22 - News24 user Lucille Swart shared this lovely story and photo with us: "My husband, Wesley Swart, worked as a personal security guard in the SA Police Services.  He was part of the VIP Protection Unit when Mr Mandela was President.  Wesley had the honour to get to know Mr Mandela but one of his most memorable moments was with Mr Mandela and the comedian Bill Cosby in the Robben Island prison cell.  I have attached a photograph with the three of them sitting in the cell."

10:19 - City Press reporter Carien du Plessis tweets: Even ordinary members of public will have to be accredited for procession to the Union Buildings. There will be buses for them too.

10:13 - See a gallery of Qunu preparing for the funeral. Those are some mighty military vehicles... 

10:08 - Crowds of people have started to gather again outside former president Madiba's Houghton home, singing and dancing in celebration of his life. 

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10:03 -  ENCA's Nickolaus Bauer tweets: A procession has been planned through Pretoria when Madiba's body is transported to the Union Buildings. The public have been encouraged to attend.

10:00 - Former US president Jimmy Carter says Nelson Mandela's ability to forgive his captors left the most indelible impression.

9:49 - The Obamas, Clintons and Bushes will all be travelling from the US to attend Madiba's funeral.

9:47 - A minute's applause for Mandela will be held later before kick-off at UK Premier League football matches, the BBC reported.

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9:38 - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has hailed Madiba as a champion of the oppressed. Read all about it here

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