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Farewell Madiba! Cheers, Tears & Lots of Love at Nelson Mandela’s Lying In State in Pretoria, South Africa

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Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela.

Today, the former President of South Africa lies in state in the country’s capital Pretoria, South Africa.

With his casket wrapped with a South Africa flag, citizens took to the streets to cheer and sing praises of the hero as he was being transported to the government’s Union Buildings.

His second wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and third wife Graca Machel as well as British supermodel Naomi Campbell, U2 singer Bono and President Jacob Zuma were present to pay their respects.

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31 Comments

  1. Hurperyeahmie

    December 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    wow RIP Madiba

  2. deluxe

    December 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    RIP Mandela. People crying as though death is inevitable.

    • aja

      December 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Death is not inevitable. Doesn’t make it an less sad! He was a hero and a role model to a lot of people so it’s only natural that he has a lot of mourners.

    • Naija Realist

      December 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Huh? Death is inevitable…
      But that’s not why people cry.

    • Iris

      December 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      I was confused o when I saw those two comments above

    • Busarni

      December 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      I beg you , next time organize your thoughts before typing. Do you type before you think?

    • Yaw

      December 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      You should be on Linda’s blog and not here!

    • H's boo

      December 12, 2013 at 6:52 am

      What kind of statement is that?

  3. Rhaalu

    December 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    RIP Tata!! THE WORLD WILL NEVER FORGET

  4. Busarni

    December 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Greatness is not all about how many cars parked in your parking lot, amount of looted money stashed away in banks, security aides ,instagram pictures flaunting cars, gold plated iphones, bottle of perfumes etc. Greatness is MADIBA. Naija politicians be true to yourself , conduct a self assessment and score yourself. RIP Great Man; a true example that a good name is better than silver, gold and diamond.

    • Rivkah

      December 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Well Said!

  5. M.h

    December 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    See convoy! Naija needs to learn,how
    to honor fallen heroes!
    Good night Mandela

  6. Ada

    December 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    RIP Great Man Mandela

  7. Olufunmi

    December 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    wow! a real life hero

    ladywannabeblog.blogspot.com

  8. Chum chum

    December 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Farewell the great one…..

  9. Michael A.E.

    December 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    RIP Madiba! The world will surely miss u.

  10. Meah

    December 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Truly a National treasure. RESPECT!!

    P:S: I see Robert Mugabe came to bid my uncle Madiba farewell. Hope this makes him reflect on the legacy he leaves behind when his own time is up…

  11. Felinda1

    December 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I wonder if his burial site will be open or closed to public like Diana’s. I would love to pay my respect someday when I visit South Africa

  12. http://africansweetheart.blogspot.co.uk/

    December 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    The whole coverage is really sad. Mandela really had a good heart.

    africansweetheart.blogspot.co.uk

  13. Adaeze

    December 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Good night Madiba! Rest well…

  14. nina

    December 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    RIP MADIBA! Nigerian politicians, you should learn from this.

  15. X- Factor

    December 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Mandela: Portrait of Greatness

  16. mii

    December 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    @Busarni..well said

  17. Ugo

    December 12, 2013 at 12:28 am

    You are a hero with a great hrt,father to All. The world will surly miss u. Rest In Peace MADIBA.

  18. deb

    December 12, 2013 at 2:12 am

    And I keep thinking. Has there been any man in history being honoured like this at death, he was truly a great man. I’m proud to be African and I will continue to fight a cause of change, stability, empowerment and right thinking that can only be born out of love and a calm spirit.

  19. Canadathingz

    December 12, 2013 at 7:26 am

    A great man definitely left earth! rip Mandela

  20. Athena

    December 12, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Mandela makes me proud to be South African and African. A man of such great humility and forgiveness. Thats one Ive learnt from him….to let go of bitterness and forgive your enemies!!!

  21. Samantha

    December 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Yes, the honour given to him just made me proudly African! What a great man indeed! People please read the speech Obama gave, I was blown away reading it! RIP Mandela, you did break the back bone of modern slavery and gave your people a voice and us as Africans hope. South Africa I thank you for sharing this great man with us! @ Busarni @ Yaw looooooool I can’t stop laughing Lol you both nailed it!

  22. H's boo

    December 12, 2013 at 10:20 am

    What kind of statement is that?

  23. Chic

    December 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    You know Mama Graca Machel is the only woman in the world to this day who has had the honour of being a first lady of two countries Mozambique and South Africa one of my many role models God bless you mama for standing beside Madiba to the very end. And Mama Winnie too may God comfort you, you were there at the beginning and you too were there at the end. May God comfort the Mandela family at this trying time and sustain the spirit of togetherness in this family now that their patriarch is gone.

  24. Kole Adeleye

    December 13, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    RIP Madila. yours was leadership and selflessness
    personified. You have shown that the wall of the prison can not
    defeat idea and strong will. Love u

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