People from across the globe travel to Mthatha to pay respects to Madiba

By Charlene
16 December 2013

People from all over the globe travelled to Mthatha to pay their last respects to former president Nelson Mandela who was buried in Qunu yesterday.

Alex Droulers and Chris Tamoney hitchhiked to the Eastern Cape where they were able to watch the proceedings of Madiba’s funeral from a distance.  The pair stood across the road from the great statesman’s home and listened to the proceedings from the radio of a parked car.

Alex (31) has been living in Durban for the past four months and on a whim decided to take a 400 kilometre drive to Mthatha. Originally from France, he felt was too close to the Eastern Cape not to try to attend the funeral.

“I really didn’t think that we would get this close to Madiba’s home,” he said. “I wanted to pay tribute to a very special man, I am impressed by what he has done for this nation over the years.”

Chris, of the USA, has been backpacking through the Western Cape and Namibia since June after graduating from university in May.

After learning that Madiba was to be buried in Qunu, he took taxis, buses and even hitchhiked to get the Madiba’s final resting place. “Madiba is due a lot of credit for making South Africa what it is today. This country is one of the leading nations in Africa. It is awesome to pay tribute to such a great man.”

Madiba’s burial at the family’s plot in Qunu marks the last day of the nation’s national mourning

- Asa Sokopo (@asasokopo)

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