CT comes together for Madiba

Cape Town unites on the Grand Parade and Parliament to watch Madiba’s funeral.

Capetonians on the Grand Parade. Picture: City of Cape Town via Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Capetonians gathered at the Grand Parade and Parliament for the live screening of Nelson Mandela's funeral in Qunu this morning.

Mandela, who passed away on Thursday 5 December, is being buried in the rural village he called home during his early years.

He was 95-years-old at the time of his death.


Small groups of families are seated across the Grand Parade to watch the funeral on a big screen.

Despite the cold weather, people have prepared to stay at the Grand Parade for the rest of the day.

Many set up camping chairs and unpacked their cooler bags filled with food and drink.

It may rain, but Capetonians remain undeterred and say the rainfall will be seen as a blessing.


The crowd at Parliament has grown considerably as more arrive to watch the live screening.

Pictures of Mandela adorn the walls of Parliament and wreaths have been placed at the main entrance of the Parliamentary precinct.

The South African flag is also flying at half-mast above a massive screen.

Tourists and locals continue to arrive as many want to be a part of the historic event.

An emotional woman says she has not been able to contain her sadness since Mandela's passing because she believes the country has lost an icon and a father.


Dozens of people have also been watching the service at the V&A Waterfront.

There has been a sombre atmosphere as some passing Capetonians and others working today have stopped to watch the events unfolding on the big screens at the open-air amphitheatre.

A slight drizzle of rain earlier did not deter people who had their eyes glued to the screen.

One man with his family, who has been at the venue since early this morning, says it if finally time for Tata Madiba to rest.

A young Khayelitsha man says even though he is broke he scrape together what little money he had to watch the funeral in peace here.

A string of flowers is now hanging around the neck of a statue of the former statesman at the Waterfront while a wall of remembrance has been filled with hundreds of messages for Madiba.


Many South Africans say they experienced a sense of togetherness in the country this week.

Since Madiba's passing there have been a series of memorial events across the province, where the public was able to come together to both mourn his death and celebrate the his life.

Today is the last day of the national 10-day mourning period.

It's been an emotional couple of days for South Africans and the world.

Although there's a great sense of loss, many came together in celebration and sorrow.

Some even say they've seen a positive change in the country since Mandela's passing.

"Wherever you go people are kinder, more generous, people are smiling and crying a lot more. There's a definite openness in emotion and a definite love."

Others hope this unity, Mandela's known dream for the country, will last.