Ramaphosa welcomes all to memorial

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People sing and dance in heavy rain while waiting for the start of the official memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters

Johannesburg - ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa welcomed guests to the memorial for former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium, in Soweto, on Tuesday.

“Today we reflect on our memories of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” he told the crowd.

“Today's memorial service should help each of us to gather our memories of Nelson Mandela.”

Ramaphosa said it was a time to reflect on a life spent taking care of oppressed South Africans.

“He was our teacher and our mentor and he never gave up on us.... This is the man we have come to say farewell to,” he said.

Mandela could finally rest and enjoy the view of South Africa, he said.

“His long walk has ended, but ours is just beginning.” - Sapa

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