Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg held a special place in the heart of former president Nelson Mandela, mayor Parks Tau said on Friday.
“It was here that he started his career and his quest for the liberation of our country, and it was to Johannesburg that he returned after a lifetime of service to the nation,” he said in a speech prepared for delivery.
“The City of Johannesburg expresses its deepest condolences to his wife and family upon the loss of their beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. We are grateful for the opportunities he had to serve the people of Johannesburg and our city.”
Tau said Mandela's memory would live on through various city landmarks named after him, such as the Nelson Mandela bridge in the central business district, the Nelson Mandela square in Sandton, and his homes in Orlando West, Soweto, and Houghton.
“We honour his memory and as a city, we will continue to build on the legacy he bestowed on us. We will continue to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.”
The city's residents could pay tribute to Mandela in Ivory Park, Diepsloot Park, Diepsloot Xtreme Park, Orlando West Park, Thokoza Park, Innesfree Park, Joubert Park, Rose Park in Lenasia, Orange Farm Regional Park, Krematart Park in Eldorado Park and Tanzania Park in Cosmo City.
Mandela, 95, died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Thursday night.