Custom Search 1

'Mandela, may you rest in peace and rise in glory'

REMEMBERED: Nelson Mandela

THOUSANDS OF people from across the globe gathered in Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa this morning (Dec 10) for Nelson Mandela’s official memorial service.

Through a continuous downpour of rain, the crowd, which included US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, continued to fill the stadium.

Contingents from 91 countries arrived to join those who had been queuing for 24 hours for a chance of one of the first come first served tickets.

Ed Miliband, representing the Labour Party, said: "Great privilege to be representing the Labour Party at the Nelson Mandela memorial on behalf of so many who were integral to his struggle."

The Elders, a group of independent global leaders Chaired by Kofi Annan, were also present.


LOVE FOR MADIBA: Soccer City Stadium in ohannesburg, South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service

The ceremony was opened by the deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) Cyril Ramaphosa. He started his speech with the words, “long live Mandela.”

He added: “Today we reflect on our collective memories for the father of our nation and the founding father of our democracy."

His welcome was followed by interfaith prayers from Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Christian leaders.

The Christian Minister prayed: "Go home Madiba. You have done all that is good for God's people. We will continue where you left off." "May you rest in peace and rise in glory"

The atmosphere has been described as one of celebration. BBC reporter Bola Mosuro said: "As soon as they came off the train they started singing," she told BBC World Service. "It was a real swell of emotion."

General Thanduxolo in his speech said: “We were blessed to be associated with this amazing icon"

"Peace, justice and unity of all man. Let us keep Madiba's legacy alive."

As Obama walked to the podium to the live performance by gospel star Kirk Franklin, he shook hands with a world leaders including Cuban Prime Minister Raul Castro.

To a rousing applause he faced the thousands. He said: “The world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle his triumph, was your triumph. Your dignity and your hope found expression in his life and your freedom is your democracy is his cherished legacy.”

Annual subscription for The Voice newspaper print edition.

Read more stories like this in our weekly printed newspaper. To purchase an annual subscription, complete the form below and enter the code 'ONLINE2017.

* indicates required
() - (###) ###-####
Facebook Comments