Photos | Nelson Mandela Memorial Service

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49 Responses to Photos | Nelson Mandela Memorial Service

  1. Yahtc says:

    Celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life:

    Published on Dec 9, 2013
    Watch the Soweto Gospel Choir sing an incredible tribute to Madiba in our Parkview store.

    On Saturday, 7 December 2013, Woolworths had planned a performance at our Parkview store in Pretoria to support our Operation Smile Christmas campaign. The Soweto Gospel Choir’s planned a rendition of James Brown’s I Feel Good. But, after Madiba’s passing the choir decided on a tribute instead. They chose Johnny Clegg’s Asimbonanga.

  2. Graca Machel bids farewell to her husband, Nelson Mandela, whose body lay in state Wednesday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria

    Graca Machel bids farewell to her husband, Nelson Mandela, whose body lay in state Wednesday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

    • Amid a solemn atmosphere, the body of Nelson Mandela lay in state Wednesday at an amphitheater in South Africa’s capital of Pretoria, the exact spot where he was sworn in as the country’s first black president in 1994, reconciling a land that had been torn by racial divisions for centuries.

      Mandela’s coffin, draped in a South African flag, was transported by a hearse from a military hospital through the streets of Pretoria and then to the hilltop Union Buildings, the seat of South Africa’s presidency.

      South Africans lined the route, many holding posters of Mandela, as the cortege traveled past the courthouse — now known as the Palace of Justice — where he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for sabotage. Mandela ultimately served 27 years before his release in 1990.

      A military honor guard wearing black armbands delivered the coffin to Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela. It was then placed inside a protective marquee built for the occasion at the outdoor amphitheater overlooking the sprawling grounds of the Union Buildings.

      Family members, government officials and foreign leaders paid their respects Wednesday morning. Mandela’s former wife Winnie wiped away tears after she passed through the marquee and walked away.

      Among the mourners was F.W. de Klerk, the country’s last white president and the man who freed Mandela and then lost his job to him four years later in the country’s first democratic elections.

      The amphitheater was opened to the public in the afternoon. South Africans began lining up at 5 a.m. for one last chance to see Mandela.

  3. South Africa says farewell to Nelson Mandela: ‘Senzenina’

  4. 90 heads of state attended Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. So many defining moments. What did the MSM focus on? A selfie & a handshake. Just absolutely mind numbing!

  5. President Obama speaking in the background over a sea of umbrellas.

    Barack Obama speaking in the background over a sea of umbrellas.

  6. Mandela’s funeral cortege proceeds through Pretoria

    Mandela's funeral cortege proceeds through Pretoria

    Nelson Mandela’s funeral cortege has begun its solemn journey to the seat of South African government in Pretoria, where it will lie in state for three days.

    A hearse carrying the casket of the former statesman, draped in a South African flag and led by a phalanx of motorcycle outriders, rolled out of the city’s 1 Military Hospital toward Union Buildings shortly after 7:00am (0500 GMT) on Wednesday.

    Along the route South Africans formed a sombre guard of honour for their iconic leader.

    Scores of soldiers in fatigues and wine-red berets mixed with flag-waving civilians who came to pay their last respects.

    “I never met Mandela, so this is my only chance and it’s important I pay my respects. I’m South African — I have to be here,” said 28-year-old Vaughan Motshwene.

    It is a journey laden with symbolism and replete with landmarks that carry resonance in Mandela’s own life.

    The procession will pass the central prison where he was jailed in 1962 for incitement and leaving the country illegally.

    Another landmark is the Palace of Justice, the court where Mandela famously stood trial in 1963-64 for treason and sabotage with 10 other co-defendants.

    His conviction and subsequent life sentence marked the beginning of a 27-year jail stint, from which he finally emerged in 1990 as the structure of apartheid crumbled around its white minority supporters.

  7. Yahtc says:

    “Nelson Mandela set a sterling example”


    Mandela believed that the best way for South Africa to grow was to not live life in the rearview mirror. He knew that there were atrocities done on both sides, yet chose to create the healing mechanism of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission versus a prosecutorial tribunal. He believed in wisdom, compassion and forgiveness.

    To me, Nelson Mandela represents the best of what humanity has to offer. He was a shining example of grace under fire, democratic ideas, passion and purpose. He will be remembered more for what he had the power to do but did not do, as true power is knowing how to use it sparingly, or not at all. Whether it’s in Rochester, South Africa or London, Mandela’s example of leadership is one to be emulated. He showed us that it is the work, not the credit for it, which matters.

  8. Yahtc says:

    In Loving Memory…World Poetry Remembers Nelson Mandela!

    • Yahtc says:

      Excerpt from of poem by Ariadne Sawyer:

      As you travel into the heavens You live within all of us ,
      blazing a path, a peace beacon for us to follow.

    • Yahtc says:

      Excerpt from “Africa in Mourning (Farewell to Madiba)

      Weep not
      Oh! Africa weep no more
      Ordinary men are born to die once
      But Great men are born to make change
      Mandela has gone to the journey of no return,
      He has left the stage but has left a page
      For stories to tell to our children’s children.

      Farewell Madiba
      You have journeyed on the road of heroes
      You have lived a life of courage and wisdom
      until death.

      R. I. P Nelson Mandela.

    • Yahtc says:

      Excerpt from “An Ode to Madiba”


      The personification of Ubuntu-
      The spirit of community
      Of brotherliness

  9. Yahtc says:


    Nelson Mandela; A truly remarkable man!
    By Stanley Collymore–A-truly-remarkable-man–by-Collymore

    • Yahtc says:


      That’s your enduring legacy Madiba: the indisputable and
      amazing embodiment of the resounding triumph of the
      human spirit over the formidable and pernicious
      challenges of adversity that one can and does
      encounter, fashioning you as a result into
      the Moral Colossus and the Giant of a
      Man you inevitably became and will
      forever remain in the full consciousness
      of those who, as you most evidently
      were, are likewise perceptively,
      acutely and empathetically
      in touch with their own
      comprehensive and
      inborn humanity.

  10. Yahtc says:

    Thank You Madiba

  11. Yahtc says:

    Excerpt from Bishop Abrahams sermon:

    We gather today in grateful thanksgiving to God with millions of South Africans and people from around the world to pay tribute and honour a true patriot and one of the greatest statesmen of this century. He transformed the nation and changed the world. He was a man inspired and a man who inspires….. God, you have given:

    You gave us a modern prophet who spoke with courage and conviction.

    You gave us one purified through suffering to bring healing to a bruised and battered humanity.

    You gave us a charismatic transformational leader, a comrade in the march to freedom.

    You gave us a father of the South African nation, a colossus amongst world leaders and a friend to all and enemy to none.

    You gave us one who managed to change the course of history for many South Africans and people across the globe.

    You gave us one who boldly proclaimed that a different world is possible.

    You gave us Nelson Mandela who stood as the collective conscience of a people and achieved what many, in their entire lifetime thought impossible, and he will stand out in history as a beacon of light, a lodestar inspiring many for generations to come.

  12. vitaminlover says:

    I loved the response when our beloved President stood up to speak. He looked so humble. God! I love the Obamas!

    • Hey Vitamin,

      Did you see his smile when the South African people gave him and Michelle a thunderous applause when they came in? I love that smile. Bottom line…President Obama is just tooo fine! And that’s all!

      • vitaminlover says:

        Yes, I did notice that gorgeous. His spirit shows up in his face and makes him even more good looking. Yes indeed he is fine and dandy. I know that First Lady Michelle thinks about how cute he is all the time. What makes him even more attractive is that he is genuinely kind. He is the real deal.

  13. Celebrating Mandela: ‘Rainbow Nation’ sings, dances for Madiba before memorial service

  14. Singing, Dancing at Mandela Memorial

  15. Ametia says:

    Thank you for the photo gallery, SG2. Been gone most of the day for our holiday party.

    The images of joy, celebration, respect, and love for Madiba are quite palpable.

  16. rikyrah says:

    you’re on the mark with these pics. thanks so much SG2….so much joy there and respect for Madiba.

  17. CarolMaeWY says:

    Thank you SouthernGirl2. Enjoyed it very much.

  18. Yahtc says:


    Thank you for this beautiful post with all the the wonderful photos, SG2!

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