Were South Africans forgotten at Mandela memorial service?

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Mail and Guardian

!! December 2013: Sarah Wild – South Africans have been forgotten in government’s quest to give the world a memorial for Nelson Mandela that was meant to impress internationals.

Mourners at Nelson Mandela's memorial at FNB Stadium on Tuesday were not given the chance to celebrate Madiba's life. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)                    
Mourners at Nelson Mandela’s memorial at FNB Stadium on Tuesday were not given the chance to celebrate Madiba’s life. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)
                                   

On Tuesday, the people in FNB Stadium did not get to say goodbye to Nelson Mandela. You could see it in the empty chairs (a failure of public transport and the fact that it was a normal work day for the majority of Gautengers); you could see it in the restless crowd that wanted to sing and dance; you could see it in the heckling of President Jacob Zuma.

The government laid out an event that it thought was appropriate for the passing of a beloved statesman and a national hero: gravitas, world leaders…

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