Where to mourn

2013-12-08 06:00

President Jacob Zuma has declared today a national day of prayer and reflection.

He has urged mosques, churches, temples, synagogues and community halls around the country to open their doors so people can pay their respects to Madiba.

The official memorial service will be held at the 70?000-seater FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Other services will be held across the country throughout the week.

In Gauteng, mourners can also visit the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, while Thokoza Park and Zoo Lake in Johannesburg will also play host to mourners wanting to leave messages and flowers in memory of Mandela.

Other areas include Media24’s Media Park in Auckland Park where a dedicated area has been created for anyone wishing to honour Madiba.

The Union Buildings in Pretoria, where Mandela’s body will lie in state from Wednesday to Friday, is another space where mourners continue to gather.

An impromptu memorial has been set up beneath a 100-year-old bronze statue at the entrance to the building.

There is also a book of condolences open at the Union Buildings.

The Cape Town City Hall continues to receive thousands of mourners and more than 100 other areas across the Western Cape, including Oudtshoorn’s Civic Centre, have been set up as places of tribute.

The Nelson Mandela Museum in Madiba’s home village of Qunu has also become a pilgrimage for many people from across the world who want to pay homage to Mandela.

Elsewhere in the Eastern Cape, condolence books have been set up at the Port Elizabeth City Hall, the Uitenhage Town Hall and the Motherwell Memorial Peace Park.

The ANC has yet to announce venues which will be used in all nine provinces where people can pay tribute.

Government is announcing other areas people can visit to honour Mandela.

It is holding regular briefings which are being aired on the SABC TV channels.

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