Prayers for Mandela in Houghton

2013-12-06 11:53
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Crowds gather to mourn Mandela

Crowds have gathered to mourn Mandela's death outside of his house in Houghton, Johannesburg. See all the latest pictures.

Johannesburg - People who had gathered outside former president Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton, Johannesburg, formed a big circle and prayed for the late struggle icon on Friday morning.

A man who had been leading them in song asked them to bow their heads and pray.

"I am sure all of us here can pray. Let us do that for Tata Mandela," he said.

After the prayer, women held their fists high and sang hymns under the glare of television cameras.

Groups of joggers stopped and briefly joined in the singing.

"I had to wake up and come here. This was expected, but now that it is happening, it is actually unbelievable," said Khumo Mokwena of Rosebank, carrying her baby on her back.

Police kept an eye on the crowds while making sure no one got near the house gates.

Mandela died at his home on Thursday night at the age of 95.

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