Madiba remembered at Robben Island memorial
The Robben Island Museum held its own special memorial service for Tata Madiba.
CAPE TOWN - The Robben Island Museum in Cape Town held its own special memorial service for Tata Madiba, who was jailed on the island for 18 years.
Madiba passed away at the age of 95 last week and as the news of his passing spreads across the world, many organisations, businesses and civil society groups have been paying tribute to South Africa's first black president.
The auditorium at the museum gateway was packed with members of the public, former political prisoners and religious leaders who gave thanks for the gift of Madiba.
Everyone sang the national anthem and hymns before a little girl slowly read out key dates in Madiba's life.
Lionel Davids, who spent seven years behind bars, said it is unfortunate the former statesman only spent one term as president.
But a close friend of Mandela's, Christo Brandt, disagreed.
He said he was happy when Madiba stepped down so that he could rest and spend quality time with family.
Brandt said during Madiba's imprisonment the world icon even smuggled letters to his own family, urging him and his loved ones to further their studies.