People Travel from Around World to Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela

People Travel from Around World to Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela

People traveled from around the world to the memorial service for Nelson Mandela but they also came from nearby, waiting for hours to board buses to the stadium and pay their final respects.
People traveled from around the world to the memorial service for Nelson Mandela but they also came from nearby, waiting for hours to board buses to the stadium and pay their final respects.

Some of these people have been waiting for 3 hours just to get on this bus.  So crammed in here that short while ago some of these gentlemen almost fell out the door.  Everyone as you can see incredibly excited to finally be on their way.

Once dropped off at the stadium where the memorial service will be held, the mood is utterly infectious."

Inside the wet and cold stadium is an electric mood and at time emotional.

Tholwana Molege came with her friend, arriving at 5am just to make sure they got in.  She's 25, a banking assistant, a life she knows she owes to Mandela.

"I would have never had the opportunities that I had, the kind of education that I had, the kind of job I have right now, the possibilities that lie ahead of me, had it not been for him and the other struggle heroes."

South Africa could have been a Syria or an Iraq, in a deadly cycle of attacks and reprisals.  Instead, it's an example of what can happen when people find the capacity to forgive and unite.

Lessons we can all stand to learn and lessons South Africa must make sure it doesn't forget.

"The most important thing for the leadership right now is to follow in his footsteps, in order for us to eradicate all the problems that the country still faces."


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