South Africa pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela a year after his Death
Today, South Africa observed three minutes of silence in honor of the founding father of the country's freedom and former president Nelson Mandela a year after his death. The tribute preceded by the ringing of bells, blowing of vuvuzelas and hooting of car horns.
The silence was observed to reflect on the life of a selfless freedom fighter who led the struggle for the liberation from apartheid (system of racial segregation in South Africa) almost his entire life.
His wife, Graca Machel, speaking at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, said that Madiba is smiling and happy. She referred to his deceased comrades in the Struggle, which include Walter Sisulu and Joe Slovo.
She said, "We looked at each with love and joy. We walked hand in hand all along our life together. We supported each other, gave energy to each to each other and nourished each other".
On Thursday night, The Nelson Mandela Foundation developed an interactive tribute site, asking people from around the world to pay tribute to Mandela, to remember what he meant to them, to honor his ideals and his memory. The pledge line to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Foundation is also taking place.
The #RememberMandela hashtag has been trending on Twitter since early morning. Media houses are honoring his life and his legacy globally. South Africa's City Press has posted a multimedia exhibition of photographs.
The SABC has packaged a host of Mandela DVDs including the entire funeral service held in Qunu last year.
eNews Channel Africa is dedicating the day to Mandela, with special live broadcasts covering South Africa, from Freedom Park to the Union Buildings and to Qunu, where Mandela is buried.
The broadcast is till 5pm and includes an exclusive half an hour special interview titled, Remembering Mandela: Zelda La Grange? La Grange was Nelson Mandela's assistant for 19 years.
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