Cape Town marks NYE with 3D send-off of Mandela

2014-01-01 07:29
Revellers celebrate on New Year's Eve below a projected image of former president Nelson Mandela in Cape Town. (AP Photo)

Revellers celebrate on New Year's Eve below a projected image of former president Nelson Mandela in Cape Town. (AP Photo)

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Cape Town - The Mother City bid farewell to 2013 with a 3D video send-off of Nelson Mandela, as the nation entered the new year without its beloved icon.

Mandela's face was briefly mapped onto the city hall in Cape Town where he gave his first freedom speech in 1990 after his release from 27 years in prison.

Free party

The tribute, which featured a recording of Mandela calling for peace and friendship, was screened just before the countdown into midnight which was marked with a fireworks show.

It was part of a free party featuring singers and DJs on the public square opposite city hall where the crowd also replicated Mandela's trademark arm waving dance known as the "Madiba jive".

South Africa's first democratically elected leader died aged 95 on 5 December, triggering a massive reaction at home and around the world.

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