It wasn’t all about Thamsanqa

2013-12-15 14:00

Today marks the end of 10 days of the funeral of our finest leader. Ever. And what a time it has been as South Africa and the world stopped to mourn a fine son and the father of the nation.

Some of our favourite moments:

» A nation remembers. From the announcement of his death last Thursday night, the world honoured him in an outpouring of genuine love.

Flowers, candles, personal notes, a teddy bear and a dolly have created a shrine outside Nelson Mandela’s home in Houghton. In Vilakazi Street, at his Soweto home, a festival ensued: majorettes, brass bands and people from around the world honoured Madiba with more flowers and candles.

» The world stopped. Major monuments and cultural centres were decked out in South Africa’s colours, from Harlem’s Apollo Theatre to the Eiffel Tower and Auckland’s state house. But beyond that, there have been memorials around the world to a global icon.

»?And then the world came here. Madiba’s funeral has been global. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Madiba’s memorial on Tuesday and burial today has been like an assembly of nations. Our president was the star of stars. Who else could turn Charlize, Bono and Naomi into bit players as he did this week?

» And his people queue again. The last time we saw the snaking queues that marked Madiba’s laying in state this week was during the 1994 election.

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