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Monday, December 9, 2013

From South Africa: #HambaKahleTataMadiba … this nation is moving and standing still - all at the same time for Madiba

From a friend who happened to be back in South Africa when Madiba died, a long term civil right activist lawyer in her own right .. Mandela was very special to her. 

Thousands of South African citizens have flocked to parliament, to monuments, to the homes of Madiba, both in Soweto and Houghton, - people are grieving - singing - dancing- candles, flags, flowers, pictures everywhere - holding services, memorials - all over this country, foreign dignitaries are arriving, his photos are outside every store in every mall. Parliamentarians are singing tributes in true African style in the House of Parliament, walking in processions to flame of remembrance, stadiums are being prepared, there are no cars left to hire, hotel rooms are jammed with journalists, people are wiping tears - this nation is moving and standing still - all at the same time for Madiba. And the hum is Hamba Kahle Tata Madiba... 
South Africa will always remember these days - We are now preparing in South Africa for over 70 sitting heads of States, members of US Congress, Parliaments, and numerous former heads of states. The service for Madiba will be tomorrow, Tuesday at FNB stadium with many overflow stadiums providing space for the hundreds of thousands of people who are converging on the City. Madiba’s body will be held in State from Wednesday through Friday and it will travel the roads of Pretoria from the hospital to the Government Building each morning. After that time Madiba’s body be flown to Umtata airport in the Eastern Cape and then he will be buried in his birth and home village of Qunu.

and more on arrangements: 

They expect 2,000 people to pass the casket of #Madiba, each hour as #NelsonMandela lays in State - for 3 days - from 9 am to 5 pm = 48,000 people. Many more will line the streets each day as his body is brought back to the Government Buildings. FNB stadium hold 100,000 people and there will be 4 overflow stadiums in JHB for the official memorial service tomorrow. The family has requested that when Madiba's body is laid in the ground in his birth village of Qunu, that there be no filming.

Will update with more when avaiable.