Thousands gather for Nelson Mandela memorial service

By Kirstin Buick
10 December 2013

It’s grey and gloomy in terms of weather at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg where about 95 000 people have gathered for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. But the soft, steady rain hasn’t kept the crowds away – nor has it dampened their spirits.

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It’s  grey and gloomy in terms of weather at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg where about 95 000 people have gathered for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. But the soft, steady rain hasn’t kept the crowds away – nor has it dampened their spirits. The atmosphere is festive – people are singing freedom songs and the sounds of vuvuzelas can be heard every so often.

Those attending have been told to dress warmly and wear raincoats because, according to some reports, umbrellas won’t be allowed inside the stadium.

More than 100 heads of state are expected to attend this service, believed to be the largest South Africa has ever seen. They include US President Barack Obama and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe.

-Danel Blaauw

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