CT bids farewell to Madiba

Dozens of people gathered at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town to watch Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

Posters of former president Nelson Mandela across the Cape Town CBD. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A number of Cape Town residents and foreigners on Sunday said it is a sad day for South Africa and the world.

Dozens watched Madiba's funeral and burial at a screening at the V&A Waterfront's open-air amphitheatre.

Mandela died peacefully at his home in Houghton last week.

Apart from the cries of seagulls overhead and the sound coming from the big screen, all was quiet at the amphitheatre as people closely watched the funeral.

One Khayelitsha resident said despite having no money, he did whatever it took to watch Madiba's funeral and burial.

"I had to be here. I took a taxi so that I could witness this moment. However, I don't know how I will get home as I have no money left."

This woman said it was painful to watch.

"It's really a sad day but there's nothing we can say except goodbye to Tata."

A Dutch man said Mandela was an impressive man and the world continued to mourn with South Africa.

Some people believe that Madiba's legacy should live on though the youth.

They say although the country has come a long way, thanks to Madiba, there is much more to be done.

An elderly Grassy Park resident says everybody has an obligation to build on Madiba's legacy.

Khadija Lanie said, "He did good things for the children. I believe he will go straight to heaven."

She says the past 10 days have been emotional.

Lanie said the country should reflect on the achievements on the Day of Reconciliation tomorrow and think about the challenges that lie ahead.