CT flower sales 'flourishing'

Flower sellers say business is booming as Capetonians continue to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Mourners outside Cape Town City hall paying tributes to former president Nelson Mandela. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some Cape Town flower sellers say they have seen a huge spike in sales as people pay tribute to former president Nelson Mandela.

South Africa's first democratic president passed away on Thursday at the age of 95.

Mourners in the Western Cape have been placing flowers at the Grand Parade, where Madiba made his first speech after being released from prison in 1990.

Some flower sellers tell Eyewitness News their businesses are flourishing.

One woman says, "It's a miracle that the flowers are selling. They didn't even sell as well when Lady Diana died."

Another seller says, "The people are buying the flowers and business is very good."

Meanwhile, the Grand Parade in the city centre continues to attract hundreds of Capetonians mourning Madiba's death.

There has been a steady flow of people in the vicinity throughout the day.

Mourners, young and old, also placed flowers in front of the City Hall and queue up to write personal messages of appreciation and sadness in a book of condolence.

One message reads, "Rest in Peace Mandela, thanks for changing our country for future generations."