News / Africa

S. Africa Prepares for Enormous Crowds at Mandela Memorial

South African Authorities Prepare for Enormous Crowds at Mandela Memoriali
X
December 09, 2013 5:29 PM
Mourners in South Africa are expected to crowd into a football stadium Tuesday for the main public memorial service for former president and anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela, who died last week at age 95. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from the scene in Johannesburg.
Scott Bobb
Mourners in South Africa are expected to crowd into a football stadium Tuesday for the main public memorial service for former president and anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela, who died last week at age 95.
 
It's a gloomy day in Johannesburg. Workers are preparing for the crowds of mourners expected to converge here Tuesday to say goodbye to the late president, Nelson Mandela.

Security is being tightened around the stadium where Mandela made his last public appearance, three years ago during the World Cup football championship.

Several thousand journalists from around the world also are attending what is expected to be one of the largest funerals in South African history.
 
Onseziwe Dokolwana, a student of computer science, came with some friends to reflect on the Mandela heritage. “He [Mandela] played a big role in uniting the black and white people. Now we can interact with people freely without any fear that they are going to pull [arrest] you or what.”
 
Millions agree. That is why officials, wary of overwhelmingly large crowds, are urging people to avoid the stadium and remember Mandela at places closer to their homes.

  • Mourners sing outside the home of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Dec. 9, 2013.
  • People leave messages for Nelson Mandela on a memorial site adorned with South African flags on trees, in Rosebank, an affluent district of Johannesburg, Dec. 9, 2013.
  • A painting of Nelson Mandela surrounded by Martin Luther King, Mohandas Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and Barack Obama is fixed on top of flowers outside his home in Johannesburg, Dec. 9, 2013.
  • Nearly two old boy Kiran rests on a teddy bear in the flowers laying in front of the house of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Dec. 9, 2013.
  • A man reaches to for his daughter held by her mother, while workers line up outside the FNB stadium where the memorial service for Nelson Mandela will take place on Tuesday, Johannesburg, Dec. 9, 2013.
  • Workers line up outside the FNB stadium where the memorial service for South Africa President Nelson Mandela will take place on Tuesday, Johannesburg, Dec. 9, 2013.
  • The face of Nelson Mandela and his clan name Madiba is projected onto the face of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa Dec. 8, 2013.

You May Like

Multimedia Social Media Documenting, Not Driving, Hong Kong Protests

Unlike in Arab Spring uprisings, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong aren't relying on Twitter and Facebook to organize, but social media still plays a role More

Analysis: Occupy Central Not Exactly Hong Kong’s Tiananmen

VOA's former Hong Kong, Beijing correspondent compares and contrasts 1989 Tiananmen Square protest with what is now happening in Hong Kong More

Bambari Hospital a Lone Place of Help in Violence-Plagued CAR

Only establishment still functioning in CAR's second city is main hospital More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Gizi from: UK
December 10, 2013 9:03 PM
Mandela was a terrorist masquerading as the answer to apartheid.


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
December 09, 2013 10:16 PM
Be care! This is the best chance for terrorists! Security must must be heavy enough!

In Response

by: Toto from: South africa
December 10, 2013 9:06 PM
Yes, the CIA might stage another one of their false flag attacks. Be careful!!


by: Amy Biehl from: Stanford
December 09, 2013 5:50 PM
Guess who won't be attending Mandela's funeral?

Amy Elizabeth Biehl (April 26, 1967 – August 25, 1993) was a white American graduate of Stanford University and an Anti-Apartheid activist in South Africa who was murdered by black Cape Town residents while a black mob shouted racial slurs. The four men convicted of her murder were released as part of Mandela's obscenely mislabelled "Truth and Reconciliation" process.

"Supporters of the three men accused of murdering [her] … burst out laughing in the public gallery of the Supreme Court today when a witness told how the battered woman groaned in pain."

Knockout Game Intn'l

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plainsi
X
October 01, 2014 10:45 AM
It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plains

It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests Draw New Supporters on National Holiday

On the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, Hong Kong protesters are hoping to stage the largest pro-democracy demonstration since the 1989 Tiananmen protests. VOA's Brian Padden visited one of the protest sites mid-day, when the atmosphere was calm and where the supporters were enthusiastic about joining what they are calling the umbrella revolution.
Video

Video India's PM Continues First US Visit

India's prime minister is on his first visit to Washington, to strengthen political and economic ties between the world's oldest and the world biggest democracies. He came to the U.S. capital from New York, the first stop on his five-day visit to the country that denied him an entry visa in the past. From Washington, Zlatica Hoke reports Modi seemed most focused on attracting foreign investment and trade to increase job opportunities for his people.
Video

Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid