Monday 23 April 2018

Peta Thornycroft: Soweto shows spirit of strength and courage

Singing old songs of struggle, and marching to the slogans that catapulted Soweto to the frontline of South Africa's fight for liberation, mourners paid a joyous and at times raucous tribute to Nelson Mandela outside his former township home yesterday.

"Wherever he is, I can assure you he is listening and is smiling," said Kabelo Noe (39), who joined 200 people dancing in front of Mr Mandela's old house, a squat red-brick dwelling that is now a museum.

"There will never be another man like Mandela in South Africa," he said, stamping his feet in a move known as toyi-toyi, a protest dance harking back to the marches against apartheid.

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