Capetonians flock to iconic Madiba site

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Nelson Mandela, flanked by Walter Sisulu and Cyril Ramaphosa, reads his famous speech on the steps of the Cape Town City Hall. File picture: Leon Muller

Cape Town - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu paid tribute to Nelson Mandela at a church service at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town on Friday morning, a report said.

“Thank you God for the gift of Madiba. Thank you for what he has enabled us to know... what we can become,” Tutu was quoted as saying.

According to EWN, the Grand Parade, where Mandela made his first speech after being released from prison in 1990, has been cordoned off as thousands are expected to pay their respects.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille is expected to deliver an address at the Grand Parade at 9am on Friday.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is expected to brief the media at 10.30am regarding events in the city and province.

Metrorail also announced that there would free trains to Cape Town Station between 12pm and 3pm on Friday. - IOL

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