Throngs of Durbanites gather to write tributes

2013-12-10 00:00

HUNDREDS of Durbanites used their lunch breaks and spare time yesterday to sign condolence books and lay floral tributes to Nelson Mandela.

By the afternoon, two condolence books that had been placed outside the city hall on Friday were almost full. These will be handed over to the Mandela family. About 150 more condolence books were set up in libraries, clinics and Sizakala centres.

Throughout the day, throngs of people placed flowers outside the city hall and wrote personalised messages.

The eThekwini Municipality had a special full council tribute to Mandela. A unanimous decision was taken by political parties in the city to spend R5 million for the funding of Mandela programme until his burial.

In the council, opposition parties took turns to pass their condolences to the ANC and the Mandela family. They all described him as a “man of integrity who lay down his life to save others”.

City Mayor James Nxumalo said Mandela lived for the people of South Africa.

“He has a special place in all our hearts here in the eThekwini Municipality, South Africa and the entire world. His life achievements are well documented for all to see and today we pay tribute to this fallen diamond of the struggle,” he said.

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