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Madiba memorials to continue across SA

More than a week after his passing, South Africans will continue paying tribute to Nelson Mandela.

More than a week after his passing, South Africans will continue paying tribute to Nelson Mandela. Picture: Stephen Phillipson/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Atlantis residents gathered on Thursday night to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela in an interfaith pray service at a local sports complex.

Nelson Mandela passed away on Thursday 5 December at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg at the age of 95.

This week, after a day of prayer and reflection on Sunday, has been populated with memorial and interfaith services and tribute concerts for the so-called father of the nation.

Atlantis councillor Barbara Rass says Mandela brought a sense of security to many people.

She says Madiba had a way of making people feel special.

"While he was alive there was always that feeling of security that he's always there. But now that he's gone, his memory will linger on."

Madiba will be buried in Qunu on Sunday 15 December.

While 4,000 people are expected to descend on the small rural town for the funeral service, only 400 will be permitted to attend the actual burial.