Youth Orchestra gathers at Mandela's home

2013-12-06 22:00
People are seen praying at the former home of Nelson Mandela in Vilikazi Street in Soweto. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

People are seen praying at the former home of Nelson Mandela in Vilikazi Street in Soweto. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The National Youth Orchestra sang outside former president Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Friday.

They sang the national anthem and the folk song Shosholoza. People gathered outside the home sang along with them, while others continued to lay flowers and messages.

"We pay our respect to the greatest statesman. In Mandela, the world has lost a leader," said one of them, Anton Vermaak.

"It is a sad day for South Africa. I thought he was old, I never expected him to leave us now," he said.

A small fire caused by lit candles was quickly extinguished by the police.

Central Road and Fourth Street were closed at the intersection of 13th Avenue.

People were walking about a kilometre to lay flowers outside the house and take photos on their cellphones.

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