Disappointment at low turnout for Mandela memorial at Dobsonville Stadium

2013-12-10 11:01

Less than 50 people had gathered at the rain-soaked 24 000-seater Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto ahead of the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela.

A small stage has been set up at one end of the pitch, transmitting the proceedings from the FNB Stadium. The rain is pouring relentlessly, and most of the people inside the stadium are carrying umbrellas or are in raincoats.

Mandla Dladla, who lives a stone’s throw away from the stadium, said he was considering going home to watch the proceedings on TV.

Vusi Thembekwayo, who also lives close to the stadium, said he was disappointed by the turnout. “What can we do? It’s the rain. People will rather watch from indoors.”

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