With song and dance, a farewell to Mandela in Soweto
Friday, December 06, 2013 - 00:48
Dec. 6 - Crowds of mourners gather outside Nelson Mandela's former house in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, to dance and sing songs in celebration of his life. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: South African's were united in their grief on Friday, following the death of their country's beloved former president, Nelson Mandela.
As the country's 52 million people absorbed the news that their beloved Madiba had departed forever, many expressed shock at the passing of a man who was a global symbol of reconciliation and peaceful co-existence.
South Africans heard from President Jacob Zuma late on Thursday (December 5) that the statesman and Nobel Peace Prize laureate died peacefully at his Johannesburg home in the company of his family after a long illness.
Although Zuma's initial announcement of Mandela's death left the country hushed, later a crowd gathered overnight outside Mandela's old house in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, to sing songs in his praise.
As night turned to day, crowds of mourners continued to express their love for Mandela through song and dance outside 'Mandela House'. It was a scene echoed in Johannesburg, as hundreds filled the streets around Mandela's home in the upmarket suburb of Houghton, many singing songs of tribute and dancing.
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