Vilakazi Street holds vigil for Madiba

Hundreds are gathered outside Mandela’s former home in Orlando East, Soweto.

People gather on Vilakazi Street in Soweto to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, 14 December 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

ORLANDO WEST - Hundreds of people gathered outside Nelson Mandela's first property at Vilakazi Street in Soweto - now a museum - for a night vigil in tribute to the late statesman.

People there are in a celebratory mood, singing and dancing to struggle songs playing through large speakers placed on a mobile stage.

A large section of Vilakazi Street is blocked to traffic.

Some there are dressed in colourful traditional attires while most are wearing ANC t-shirts.

A table placed at the entrance of the museum holds a condolence book, flowers and flickering candles.

Behind the table is a large ANC banner with Mandela's face on it and the words "Hamba Kahle Comrade. Icon of our struggle, father of our nation."

People are posing for photographs next to a vintage car, which bears photographs of all late former ANC leaders including Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Albert Luthuli.

All pictures: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.