Rubbish bags shelter some from the rain at FNB Stadium

2013-12-10 10:33

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Black rubbish bags were used as shelter from the rain at FNB Stadium ahead of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

The crowd of mourners, who have come to pay tribute to the former president is growing bigger and bigger.

Despite the intermittent drizzles, the people are trickling in, gradually filling the empty seats.

Those who don’t have shelter from the rain have resorted to using umbrellas despite earlier warnings that they should not bring them, for security reasons. Some have simply put on black rubbish bags to avoid getting wet.

A dedicated crowd has been singing old struggle songs – such as “UMandela uthi ayihlome [Mandela says to gird for war and attack]” and “Oliver Tambo thetha noBotha akhululele uMandela azobusa [Oliver Tambo, negotiate with Botha to release Mandela to rule]” – since the early morning.

Their singing, which has been growing louder – has been reverberating throughout the stadium. The sound of vuvuzelas can be heard from time to time.

Mandela’s comrades, Jay Naidoo and Zwelinzima Vavi, were among those who arrived early. A lot of the VIP seats remain unoccupied.

Security around the stadium is tight, and a lot of mourners came by public transport to the stadium.

Posters with images of Madiba drape the stadium.

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