Soweto residents sing in Vilakazi street

2013-12-15 10:03


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Johannesburg - A group of men sang songs praising Nelson Mandela outside his former house in Vilakazi Street in Soweto on Sunday morning.

They lit a yellow candle, and sang and danced around it at the intersection of Vilakazi and Ngakane streets.

Some young people gathered not far from the singing group drank alcohol. One of them, Mzukhona Wedu, said it was the first time he had come to Vilakazi Street since the former president's death.

"I wanted to see what I have been missing out on. My mother has been asking me to come here."

Mthatha-born Wedu said if he were a Qunu resident he would have gone to the funeral, held in that rural Eastern Cape village on Sunday.

"I grew up in a village where when someone dies the whole village attends the funeral, no invitation, people are just expected to attend."

A few people stopped by and took pictures of themselves and the bunches of flowers piled up outside the house.

Nine-year-old Kamo Nkosi came running to drop off a flower for Mandela, saying he did so because he loved the former president. Another man brought his son to write Madiba a message of support.

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