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Crowds Sing And Dance At Night Outside Mandela's Houghton Home

posted 7 Dec 2013, 13:37 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 7 Dec 2013, 13:38 ]

Mourners flock to Nelson Mandela's home in Houghton, Johannesburg to honour the late anti-apartheid hero with songs and dances as well as flowers and messages of condolences.

HOUGHTON, JOHANNESBURGSOUTH AFRICA (DECEMBER 7, 2013) (REUTERS) - Hundreds of people filled the streets around Nelson Mandela's home in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Houghton on Saturday night (December 7), many dancing and singing songs of tribute in honour of the late anti-apartheid hero who passed away on Thursday (December 5).

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Mourners laid flowers and left messages of support for Mandela's family, while others took pictures of the shrine that had built up outside the former South African president's home.

President Jacob Zuma said Mandela would be buried on Dec. 15 at his ancestral home in the Eastern Cape.

Zuma also announced Mandela would be honoured at a Dec. 10 memorial service at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium, the site of the 2010 World Cup final.

South Africans heard from Zuma late on Thursday that their first black president, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, had died peacefully at his Johannesburg home in the company of his family after a long illness.