Cosatu hosts Mandela memorial in Soweto

2013-12-13 15:36
Cosatu logo (Picture: Sapa)

Cosatu logo (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Members of unions affiliated to the Congress of SA Trade Unions arrived at Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto for a memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Friday.

They gathered in a circle in front of the church singing "Nelson Mandela u lale ngoxolo (Nelson Mandela rest in peace)".

Dressed in red T-shirts they sang apartheid-era resistance songs and whistled as they filed into the church, while the women ululated.

They held a red SA Communist Party poster that read "Hamba kahle Mkhonto [Farewell spear]. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918-2013 ."

The poster showed Mandela raising a clenched fist on a red background.

Cosatu in Gauteng was hosting the memorial service after the elderly former statesman died at his Johannesburg home on 5 December.

He would be buried in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.

"Nelson Mandela ga go yo o tshwanang nae [Nelson Mandela there is no one like him]," they sang before the formal programme started.

Hawkers had also set up outside the church selling food and cold drinks at a high price.

A 500ml cold drink which usually sells for R10 was priced at R15.

A package of pap and rice with roasted chicken or barbecued T-bone was priced at R40 as opposed to the usual price of R25.

The crowd also sang Johnny Clegg's song "Asimbonanga".

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