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Houghton remains a focal point

Mandela's Houghton home remains a focal point where thousands continue to pay their respects.

Thousands of locals and tourists have visited Madiba's Houghton home to light candles, deliver flowers and condolence letters as well as sing and dance in his memory. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands of people from all walks of life continue to flock to Nelson Mandela's Houghton home 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, with hundreds of locals and tourists lighting candles, delivering flowers and condolence letters as well as singing and dancing in his memory.

South Africans feel it's fitting to bid him farewell from the place where he spent his last days.

A small group of people have arrived this morning to pay their last respects after the weekend rush.

The exterior of Madiba's home resembles a shrine with bouquets of flowers piled on top of each other and wax from candles stuck to the tar road.

Police who are safeguarding the home say they expect hundreds more visitors throughout the week.

A Google Hangout outside Mandela's Houghton home on Saturday 7 December.

Flowers pile up on a makeshift memorial outside Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton, Johannesburg. Picture: Alex Aliseev/EWN.

A boy stands in front of a photograph of former president Nelson Mandela outside his house in Houghton, Johannesburg. Picture: Alex Aliseev/EWN.

Thousands of people from all walks of life flocked to pay their respect outside former president Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN.

Scores of mourners chants outside Nelson Mandela's Houghton home in Johannesburg on 6 December 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

Thousands sing and dance outside Nelson Mandela's Houghton home in Johannesburg on 6 December 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

A car adorned in ANC and Nelson Mandela regalia . Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

Joggers and cyclists arrive at former president Nelson Mandela's home in Houghton on 9 December. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

A picture of Nelson Mandela among the thousands of flowers that have been laid outside his Houghton home. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

A man sells pictures of Nelson Mandela and other memorabilia. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

Mourners write on condolence boards outside Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton. Picture: GCIS.

Soccer supporters outside Nelson Mandela's Houghton home on 7 December 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.