Hundreds of South Africans from all walks of life gathered to pay their respects with flowers and songs outside former President Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton Johannesburg. 06/12/2013 GCIS
Hundreds of South Africans from all walks of life gathered to pay their respects with flowers and songs outside former President Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton Johannesburg. 06/12/2013 GCIS

Children celebrate Madiba’s legacy

By SAPA Time of article published Dec 7, 2013

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Johannesburg - Scores of children and their parents arrived at former president Nelson Mandela's home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Saturday to pay their respects.

Samantha Smith, the mother of seven-year-old Janine, smiled as she watched her daughter dance in a circle with other children.

“It is because of him (Mandela) that our children can live freely,” she said.

“It's a beautiful sight to see children celebrate Madiba's legacy,” said onlooker Keagan Mason.

Other children paid tribute to Mandela by writing personalised cards and placing them in a sea of flowers and messages.

A drawing of Mandela accompanied a card reading: “Dear Tata, thank you for the freedom. Love Simphiwe.”

“We love you Madiba,” was the message the Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children attached to a large teddy bear. - Sapa

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