Cape Town mourners flock to Green Point stadium to be part of memorial service

By Kirstin Buick
11 December 2013

Capetonians wanting to pay tribute to Mandela began gathering outside the Cape Town Stadium as early as 6am.

Capetonians wanting  to pay tribute to Mandela began gathering outside the Cape Town Stadium as early as 6am. The early risers, who were draped in South African flags, took no chances in missing their opportunity to say goodbye to the South African icon.

'He sacrificed his entire life and being here today is the least I could do'

"I was the first one here. Madiba  is my tata," Debbie Meyer said. "He sacrificed his entire life and being here today is the least I could do."

"We want to say hamba kahle Mandela," Vure Kumalo of Langa said. Kumalo and her daughter had been waiting since seven this morning in the hope of getting tickets from attendees whose family members had not arrived. "You cannot miss an event like this," she said.

Those with extra tickets were more than willing to give them to those who had been left wanting. Eldro Solomons, whose wife and family were unable to attend, was one such gracious individual.

"Mandela said we should share," Solomons said. "I had extra tickets to give away. We are here to celebrate Mandela after all."

- Christopher Udemans

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