Sea of candlelight in Mandela's street

2013-12-07 08:29
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Overnight vigil for Nelson Mandela

Candles, flowers, posters and notes were left outside Nelson Mandela's home in Johannesburg, creating a glimmering tribute overnight. See pictures here.

Johannesburg - A sea of candlelight glittered near Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Saturday as people continued to pay tribute to the former president.

The candles lit up the pavement on the corner of 4th and 12th streets among hundreds of flowers placed alongside them.

Five boards put up for people to write on, bore hundreds of hand-written messages. People struggled to find space to write their messages as the boards became full.

A group of people formed a circle and sang songs praising the world icon.

"I will never get tired of coming here and singing. I am committed to doing this until we bury him," said Dan Gumbi, from Melville.

His wife, Lerato, said she wished she could travel to Qunu in the Eastern Cape where Mandela would be buried next Sunday.

"I am sure every South African wants to be there to witness the burial of our hero... I want to be there too," she said.

The number of police officers had decreased by midnight, with the path leading to the house gates quiet.

An ambulance and police vehicles were parked next to the gate.

Mandela died at the house on Thursday night, at the age of 95.

His funeral will be held in his hometown of Qunu on 15 December.

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