CT plans memorial service for Mandela

A service will be held at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday to honour the former statesman.

The Khoisan leadership on stage during the interfaith service at the Grand Parade in Cape Town. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Mother City will host its own memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.

Mandela died peacefully at his Houghton home at the age of 95 on Thursday night.

The City of Cape Town mapped out its plan for commemorative events over the next few days.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says thousands are expected to attend the memorial where a number of artists are expected to perform.

"In a bid to maintain order and safety on that day, the city will have a coupon system and a maximum of five coupons are available per person free of charge."

De Lille says there will be a special council sitting on Sunday and another mass interfaith service will take place at the Grand Parade.

"The public may also leave flowers and messages of condolences at the Civic Centre and the Grand Parade.

Next week, night vigils and remembrance evenings will be held in Atlantis and the Mother City's biggest township Khayelitsha.

Meanwhile, many Capetonians are still making their way to the Grand Parade to pay tribute to the former president.

A colourful flower bed on the Grand Parade has grown considerably since Friday.

While people continue to place bunches of flowers in honour of the global icon, others chose to write messages of support which read, "Rest in peace Tata Madiba."

There is also a large painting of the former statesman surrounded by 10 large white candles.

Top national and provincial ANC members joined other mourners at the Grand Parade to pay tribute to Mandela.

Marius Fransman, Zou-Kota Fredericks and Connie September were among the ANC delegation which put fresh flowers at the Grand Parade.

Kota-Fredericks shed a tear as she paid tribute to Madiba.

Standing next to her, a sad Fransman said he had so many personal fond memories of the former statesman.

He says he will never forget when Madiba met a West Coast woman who said she was honoured to meet him, he quickly corrected her saying that it was an honour for him to meet her.