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CT gives thanks to Madiba

Capetonians flocked to various venues to reflect on the life and times of Nelson Mandela.

Capetonians flocked to various venues to reflect on the life and times of Nelson Mandela. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - As South Africans of all creeds and religions were united in their grief, the country observed a day of prayer and reflection on Sunday in memory of the late Nelson Mandela.

South Africa's most beloved statesman died last Thursday.

He was 95-years-old.

GRAND PARADE

In the Western Cape, an interfaith service was held at the Cape Town Grand Parade on Sunday evening.

That's where Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, called on South African leaders to adopt a Madiba-style of governing.

The minister was one of the hundreds of people who gathered at the Grand Parade to mark the nationally declared day of prayer and reflection.

Manuel did not hold back when speaking about the country's biggest icon, calling on South African leadership to govern in a style that would emulate how Madiba served his people.

"Everything that Madiba did and the way in which he engaged. He would defy his security so that he could talk to people and get close to them, because governance is also about those kinds of things."

He also took the opportunity to school Cape Town residents about how the city was held in high regard with the statesman.

NYANGA

Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, led a service in the Nyanga township on Sunday morning.

He said Madiba was the most selfless person the world has ever known.

"I am thanking Madiba for his inspirational leadership, for his selflessness and for what he has meant to South Africa, Africa and the world."

ST GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL

"Let's celebrate Nelson Mandela's life."

That was the message from congregants who attended a service at the St George's Cathedral in the Cape Town CBD.

A tourist from the United States attended the service.

"I am so inspired by being here and happy to celebrate with South Africans."

Another congregant attending the service said Madiba has made him proud to be a South African.

"He touched the hearts of the rich and poor. But more importantly, he touched the world. I am very proud to be a South African."

R72 MILLION BUDGET

Meanwhile, the council has approved a R72 million budget for a contingency plan to honour Madiba across the metro.

The municipality on Sunday held a special sitting so that councillors could express their condolences to the Mandela family.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Sunday said it was important that all residents get an opportunity to pay their respects to Mandela.

De Lille says she has fond memories of Madiba.

"I was privileged to have a personal relationship with Madiba. He would call me on my birthday every year. He flattered me by calling me his favourite opposition politician. He also appointed me as the first transport chair portfolio in our new democracy."

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