Mourners gather in Vilakazi Street

December 6, 2013 2:42 AM

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December 6 2013 at 04:33am

Johannesburg - Candles were lit and roses placed in front of former president Nelson Mandela's old house in Vilakazi Street in Soweto, Johannesburg, on Friday morning.

People, most them young, praised the anti-apartheid icon as they arrived at the house where Mandela once lived, and took photos.

Lesedi Motloung, 19, from Protea South in Soweto, stood alone away from the singing and dancing crowd, staring at the candles and roses placed at the entrance of the house.

"I have decided to have a moment of silence here. I am very sad. Madiba was our hero as the youth of SA."

He said Mandela was a wise man and a great icon who was going to be dearly missed by the world.

In Zulu, a group sang: "He is the soldier of Umkhonto and there is no one like him."

Naledi Amos, 12, from Randburg, said she went to his Houghton home before she went to Soweto to celebrate Mandela and his legacy.

"I know he fought for our freedom and now we go to school 1/8and 3/8 we get equal education and resources, unlike... apartheid," said Amos, dressed in her pyjamas.


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