Saying Farewell to Madiba outside Houghton Estate, Johannesburg

The world is awash in grief and sorrow over the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. I had the opportunity to go to his home in Houghton, Johannesburg along with other mourners. There was a lot of media coverage and people from all walks of life, even from all parts of the world. While there is a general melancholy all over the country due to his passing, there is also an air of celebration of his life and what he stood for.

My little eye caught a few sights and sounds ….

Local wrapper

Local wrapper

Traditional Wear

Traditional Wear

Full view all decked out

Full view all decked out

Candles, cards and flowers outside the home

Candles, cards and flowers outside the home

Vehicle fully decked out in ANC colors

Vehicle fully decked out in ANC colors

Hare Krishna Tribute

Hare Krishna Tribute

Many people came to pay their respects

Many people came to pay their respects

A Final Prayer

May Madiba’s soul rest in eternal peace, and may the merciful Lord give his family & friends strength to go through this trying time and all of us the wisdom to learn from the path he walked.

Amen

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Latrice on December 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I agree, he had a great life and is in fact a world icon. What the end of his life did was inspire us, from when he was released from prison up to his death. What, to me, is sad though, is how the world only sees what it wants to see, and we forget about the past. I was a worker for a white guy who was killed while my black friend who also worked for the guy was heavily hurt. This was done by a bomb. This bomb was planted by the ANC. The ANC was officially led by Oliver Tambo at the time (and we named an airport after him!!!) but Mandela knew about these things, and nothing was done about it.
    In my opinion, if a country commits war-crimes the leader of the country is responsible. If a political party does this, the leaders should be held responsible too.
    I forever grieve for my white friend, and for my black friend who eventually died after getting gangrene from the wounds months later.

    Unfortunately, for me… this is what I remember when I think of Mandela… but the rest of the world only sees the great things he did at the end of his life.

    I guess it’s better for the world. It’s just, unfortunately, very unfair towards the victims.

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