Thursday, April 24, 2014   

Masses gather for Mandela farewell
(12-10 12:58)

Huge crowds of grieving South Africans converged on Soweto's World Cup stadium Tuesday, to be with presidents, priests, queens and sheikhs at a memorial service for freedom fighter Nelson Mandela.
Close to 100 world leaders were among 80,000 people expected to cram into the venue in Soweto – the crucible of Mandela's anti-apartheid struggle – to bid farewell to a man whose life story earned uncommon universal respect.
Five hours before the memorial began, large crowds had already gathered in a light drizzle, hoping for one of the first-comer tickets.
Wrapped in the South African flags or yellow-green colored shawls printed with the slogan “Mandela Forever,'' they danced and jogged towards the stadium entrance, some singing in Zulu: “Mandela is not sleeping, just kneeling.''—AFP

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