From Harare to London, people unite for Madiba

2013-12-10 10:27

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From Harare and London to Sydney and Addis Ababa, people from all walks of life have come together around the world to celebrate former president Nelson Mandela’s life, government has said.

“We view this as Madiba’s legacy living on in the lives and values of people all over the world,” acting spokesperson Phumla Williams said today.

In the past few days, people united in villages, towns and cities to share their love for Madiba, she said.

“As government, we want to thank South Africans and our friends and partners around the world for the overwhelming response...”

Mandela died at his Houghton home in Joburg on Thursday night at the age of 95. He will be buried in Qunu in Eastern Cape on Sunday.

Williams said that in South Africa, Madiba’s legacy lived on in the democratic dispensation.

“Madiba’s legacy lives on in our commitment to ensure a just and fair society for all.”

Williams welcomed international royalty, heads of state and dignitaries to South Africa.

Large crowds converged on the FNB Stadium, south of Joburg, today from the early hours for the official memorial service for Mandela, scheduled to start at 11am.

Williams said once the stadium was full, mourners would be directed to other overflow venues where large screens had been set up.

“We expect that at some stage, all of these venues will be filled to capacity, and we therefore ask kindly that people cooperate with authorities if they were to be turned away,” she said.

“We ask that where people are turned away they respond with the dignity and decency that Madiba would expect in a situation like that.” publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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