My fav pics from the 10 Days of Mourning for former South African President Nelson Mandela.
The Announcement – Luc Reymond stands with his mother Kate and sister Mia. Luc left his school blazer as a memoir hoping it will keep the President warm in the afterlife. Kate said the boy wanted to leave behind something he loved wearing.
The Announcement – Sandile Shangase, a law student at the University of the Witwatersrand, stands with Christopher Strong, a pupil at St Johns college, commemorate the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa on December 06.
The Day of Prayer – Markham Moodley stands and prays outside the home of former South African President Nelson Mandela on Sunday 07 December. Markham says he met with Mandela in his home in 2011 in Qunu, in the Eastern Province. He says the visit was unforgettable and he was privileged to have met the man. He brought his wife Michelle and two daughters Racquel 8 and Nikeziah 4. “No words can prepare you for when you met him. Mandela laughed with you, all he said to me was welcome but that was enough. That he took the time to speak to me and ask me questions was enough.” I had to bring my children to see what this all means, to remember the day he died and how much he means to the country.
The day of celebration – The official state memorial service was held on December 10 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
Nokwazi Hlubi camped overnight in order to save her place. Her tent was removed from the stadium entrance by police on security sweep at 4 am. “I knew I had to come and stay overnight, I just didn’t trust my alarm clock,” says Hlubi. The South African born Hlubi came back to South Africa after completing a master’s degree in International Relations; she currently is unemployed but makes money by selling clothing imported from the United States bought during discount sales.
The queues to see the Lying in State – About 100,000 people were able to visit the body of Mandela, which lay in State for three days at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Thousands more were turned away as queues stretched as long as 1km at park-and-ride stations close to the venue. At the L.C De Villiers Sports Ground, one of three park-and-ride stations in Pretoria, over 16 thousand people queued on Thursday 12 December.
Carmen Sinevici (left) and Emaneul Chuwa hold hands as they sing farewell to the former president outside his house in Houghton. “It’s amazing; our hands just came together so easily. It just seemed right,”says Sinevici.
“He was a great man and that’s why we are here. I had no time to see him at the Union Buildings so this is my goodbye,” says Chuwa
Sinevici also came to the house to say goodbye. The anaesthetist was working the whole week and was unable to celebrate until that day.
“These whole few days we’ve been mourning have been sad. But all these moments shared here today gave me hope that the country is a united nation,” says Sinevici.