12 December 2013
Thousands of people
flocked to the Cape Town Stadium to celebrate the life of the late Former
President Nelson Mandela on Wednesday. Madiba died at his Johannesburg home on Thursday
at the age of 95.
started with performances from various local artists which was followed by the
National Anthem where the crowed sung in unity.
Chairperson of the
African National Congress in the Western Cape Marius Fransman saluted the
former icon for the role he played in the struggle and uniting the people of South Africa.
Fransman said we
remember you as a freedom fighter, a revolutionary, activist and the father of
the nation. The spirit of tata Mandela is already affecting us, let’s continue
emulating his legacy.
The atmosphere was
joyous with several people holding placards of Madiba, with many wearing Madiba
t-shirts chanting Rolihlahla.
After MC Shado
Twala opened the service, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille took the podium
where she described Mandela as a leader, a visionary and the very best among
“I say that we must
choose to live hope, I say that we must choose to live in the world of the vision
of Mandela, I say we must make Tata Madiba to live forever in our efforts to
make South Africa a country he will be proud of” De Lille added.
Premier Helen Zille told the crowd of her privilege of seeing Madiba earlier in
the day as he laid in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. She opened the
stage by singing a struggle song “uMadiba abazenge bam’mbone,”
Zille said Madiba was
in peace and his face symbolized what South Africa has become, one nation at peace with ourselves and the world, one
nation building one future.
Minister in the
Presidency Trevor Manuel closed by saying Madiba belonged to all of us and we
will celebrate him together as the spirit of Madiba lives inside us all.
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