Cape Town manager lays wreath for Mandela

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A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows the coffin of Nelson Mandela draped in a South African flag during the funeral service in Qunu.

Cape Town -

City of Cape Town manager Achmat Ebrahim laid a wreath in front of the city hall moments after cameras cut away from former president Nelson Mandela's burial in Qunu the Eastern Cape.

More than 1 000 people who had gathered to watch the funeral on the Grand Parade were silent for a moment.

The wreath, in the colours of the national flag, was placed onto a bigger flag among the heaps of flowers and mementoes left by Capetonians.

When the wreath was laid, around 50 Cameroonians marched slowly to the same site to light two candles in memory of Mandela.

They beat drums and sang Johnny Clegg's “Asimbonanga” and other tunes which have been on the lips of the nation many times this week.

A more upbeat programme of entertainment was planned for the rest of the day.

Goldfish, Emo Adams and Delft Youth Jazz Band were among musicians who would pay tribute to Mandela. - Sapa

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