South Africa – crowds wait in rain for Mandela memorial service

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Joy, singing – and rain – at FNB Stadium

Carien du Plessis    @carienduplessis  10 December 2013 7:36
South Africans braved the rain to celebrate and remember the life of former president Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium, south of Joburg on Tuesday (December 10 2013). Picture: Christiaan Kotze/Foto24

 

Crowds have started streaming into the FNB Stadium where a memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela is set to be held today.

Even as early as 5am people were queuing in the rain to get into the gates, which opened after 6am.

The mood among the crowd was celebratory, and they were singing and toyi-toying as they waited for the gates to open, and as they took their seats.

Many carried large ANC banners and South African flags, and some had paraphernalia in the colours of the South African flag.

Local ANC branches organised buses to the…

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