Madiba's Houghton home the focal point
Hundreds of locals and tourists have flocked to Mandela's Houghton home to pay their respects.
JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of people are expected to continue flocking to Nelson Mandela's Houghton home today to pay their respects to the global icon.
Madiba died at his northern Johannesburg home on Thursday night at the age of 95.
The house has since become the focal point over the last 48 hours, with hundreds of locals and tourists arriving to light candles, deliver flowers and condolence letters as well as sing and dance in his memory.
South Africans feel it's fitting to bid him farewell from the place where he spent his last days.
People pay their respects to Nelson Mandela outside his Houghton home. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN.
People from all walks of life are placing flowers, candles and letters of condolence on a makeshift memorial site outside Mandela's house in Houghton, Johannesburg. Picture: Alex Aliseev/EWN.
A picture of Nelson Mandela among the thousands of flowers that have been laid outside former president Nelson Mandela's Houghton home. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.
Paintings and pictures of Nelson Mandela for sale outside his Houghton home. Picture: EWN.
Mourners write messages outside Former President Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton. Picture: GCIS.
Crowds of people singing and dancing outside Nelson Mandela's Home in Houghton. Picture: GCIS.
A number of tables selling Mandela memorabilia have also been set up, some with ANC regalia while others are T-shirts and caps emblazoned with Madiba's face.
Several dignitaries have also visited the Madiba family at the house including Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe.
Mandela's eldest grandson Mandla arrived at the house yesterday afternoon and thanked people for celebrating his grandfather's life.
He shook people's hands and posed for photographs.
More people are expected to stop by to pay their respects throughout the week.
People are already coming out in their numbers this morning, many bringing their children and dogs.
Joggers and cyclists have also come past the memorial site just to get a glimpse of the area that has been screening on TVs across the globe.
Joggers and cyclists arriving at former president Nelson Mandela's home in Houghton on 8 December. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.
George Chauke has decorated his black Jetta with printed ANC and Nelson Mandela linen, with even the seats covered with ANC insignia.
A car decorated with ANC and Nelson Mandela regalia. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.
Small national flags have been rolled up and are being displayed in his front windscreen.
Chauke says he decorated his car because Madiba is not only the father of the nation, but also the son of the ANC.
The heavy overnight rain has swept away some of the rubbish in the streets surrounding Madiba's home.
Security hasn't yet been stepped up as promised by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane but police are patrolling the streets and some streets remain cordoned off.
A Google Hangout outside Mandela's Houghton home on Saturday 7 December.