International visitors pay tribute to Mandela

2013-12-07 15:29
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(Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - People from around the world visited former president Nelson Mandela's home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Saturday to bid him farewell.

Seung-Hoon Cheon, a journalist from South Korea, arrived in the country on Saturday to report on his death.

"Since Mandela's passing on Thursday I have written so many articles because my country is deeply affected by his death," Cheon said.

"Like South Africa, our country has also faced difficulties. Mandela has been an inspiration to the people of South Korea."

A family from the Ivory Coast and now living in Kempton Park, on the East Rand, also arrived to say their goodbyes to Mandela.

Holding a South African flag, they placed a bouquet of flowers next to a picture of him.

"Our country faced many difficulties, but Mandela had opened the door to us and we made South Africa our home," said Williams Kouane.

"Because he had done this, we now live a stable, peaceful life. He truly was the father of Africa," he said.

Mandela died in Johannesburg, on Thursday night, and will be buried in his hometown of Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, next Sunday.

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