Madiba memorial concert thrills CT

Capetonians celebrated Nelson Mandela with a memorial concert at the Cape Town Stadium.

Capetonians celebrated Nelson Mandela with a memorial concert at the Cape Town Stadium.

CAPE TOWN - Wednesday was a day of celebration for the Mother City as thousands of people descended on the Cape Town Stadium for a special memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela.

It's been exactly one week since South Africa's first democratically elected president peacefully passed away at his Houghton home in Johannesburg at the age of 95.

At the memorial, a host of bands helped the crowd celebrate the life and times of Madiba.

People sang and danced, waving the nation's flag and carrying pictures of the former president.

Springbok legend Francois Pienaar took South Africans back to that historic day of celebration in 1995 when the Boks won the Rugby World Cup.

"For the first time ever, we were all champions together. I will never forget how proud Madiba was and his beautiful smile."

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille sang to the massive crowd, saying how she would never forget Madiba's face as he lied in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

"He is at peace and his face symbolised what we must become, one nation at peace with ourselves and the world."

Mayor Patricia de Lille urged spectators never to let the spirit of Madiba die.


Meanwhile, vendors outside the stadium raked in the money, selling Nelson Mandela paraphernalia.

Despite t-shirts selling between R100 and R220, it did not stop people from buying clothes bearing the face of the father of the nation.

Vendors also sold badges, caps and flags, all displaying pictures of the global icon.

One vendor said regardless of the price, everyone wanted some sort of Madiba memorabilia.

"It's because he's an icon. That's why everyone us rushing to buy from us."

He said vendors are setting up a stall on the Grand Parade from Friday until a live screening of Mandela's funeral takes place at the parade on Sunday.

They expect to sell a lot more merchandise.