'Rainbow Nation' mourners swarm Nelson Mandela's mansion

Tue Dec 10 2013, 10:44 hrs
While the world leaders will shed historic rivalries to pay tribute to South African freedom icon Nelson Mandela at his funeral on December 11, the South African community are mourning the loss of their leader and inspiration. (Reuters)
While the world leaders will shed historic rivalries to pay tribute to South African freedom icon Nelson Mandela at his funeral on December 11, the South African community are mourning the loss of their leader and inspiration. (Reuters)
A girl poses by portraits of Mandela for sale outside the Houghton home of Nelson Mandela. (Reuters)
A girl poses by portraits of Mandela for sale outside the Houghton home of Nelson Mandela. (Reuters)
Along a street lined with walled mansions shaded by graceful jacaranda trees, mourners, black and white, by the thousands rubbed shoulders outside the villa where Nelson Mandela died, placing flower bouquets and condolence notes on top of piles already knee-high. (Reuters)
Along a street lined with walled mansions shaded by graceful jacaranda trees, mourners, black and white, by the thousands rubbed shoulders outside the villa where Nelson Mandela died, placing flower bouquets and condolence notes on top of piles already knee-high. (Reuters)
Rivonia trialist and anti-apartheid activist Andrew Mlangeni arrives with a floral tribute at the Houghton home of his former Robben Island inmate Nelson Mandela in Johannersburg. (Reuters)
Rivonia trialist and anti-apartheid activist Andrew Mlangeni arrives with a floral tribute at the Houghton home of his former Robben Island inmate Nelson Mandela in Johannersburg. (Reuters)
People walk around a memorial for former South African President Nelson Mandela as they lay wreaths of flowers and take photos during a joint session of parliament held in tribute to him in Cape Town. (Reuters)
People walk around a memorial for former South African President Nelson Mandela as they lay wreaths of flowers and take photos during a joint session of parliament held in tribute to him in Cape Town. (Reuters)
Some danced while singing praises for the anti-apartheid leader  a vivid example of the 'Rainbow Nation' unity of race-blind multiculturalism championed by Mandela for South Africa. (Reuters)
Some danced while singing praises for the anti-apartheid leader a vivid example of the 'Rainbow Nation' unity of race-blind multiculturalism championed by Mandela for South Africa. (Reuters)
Mourners danced in a circle singing: 'Mandiba, you are the holy man'.Lasers beam an image of former South African president Nelson Mandela projected onto Cape Town's Table Mountain to honour Mandela on the eve of a memorial service to be held in Johannesburg. (AP)
Mourners danced in a circle singing: 'Mandiba, you are the holy man'.
Lasers beam an image of former South African president Nelson Mandela projected onto Cape Town's Table Mountain to honour Mandela on the eve of a memorial service to be held in Johannesburg. (AP)
A man lights a candle during a homage outside the Houghton Nelson Mandela's home. (Reuters)
A man lights a candle during a homage outside the Houghton Nelson Mandela's home. (Reuters)
Wreaths of flowers and personal messages are left at the Mandela statue at the entrance of the Groot Drakenstein Prison. It is from this prison that Nelson Mandela walked free, ending his 27 years in jail. (Reuters)
Wreaths of flowers and personal messages are left at the Mandela statue at the entrance of the Groot Drakenstein Prison. It is from this prison that Nelson Mandela walked free, ending his 27 years in jail. (Reuters)
Lasers beam an image of former South African president Nelson Mandela projected onto Cape Town's Table Mountain to honour Mandela on the eve of a memorial service to be held in Johannesburg. (AP)
Lasers beam an image of former South African president Nelson Mandela projected onto Cape Town's Table Mountain to honour Mandela on the eve of a memorial service to be held in Johannesburg. (AP)
A street vendor offers buttons with pictures of Nelson Mandela outside the house where Mandela resided in when he lived in the township of Soweto. (Reuters)
A street vendor offers buttons with pictures of Nelson Mandela outside the house where Mandela resided in when he lived in the township of Soweto. (Reuters)

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