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South Africans pay tribute to Mandela

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 6, 2013 at 7:31 a.m.

JOHANNESBURG — Flags were lowered to half-staff and people in black townships, in upscale mostly white suburbs and in South Africa's vast rural grasslands commemorated Nelson Mandela with song, tears and prayers on Friday while pledging to adhere to the values of unity and democracy that he embodied.

The government prepared funeral ceremonies that will draw leaders and other dignitaries from around the globe. The government has yet to announce a detailed schedule for a mourning period that is expected to last more than a week.

Hours after his death Thursday night, a black SUV-type vehicle containing Mandela's coffin, draped in South Africa's flag, pulled away from Mandela's home after midnight, escorted by military motorcycle outriders, to take the body to a military morgue in Pretoria, the capital.

Many South Africans heard the news, which was announced on state TV by President Jacob Zuma wearing mourning black just before midnight, upon waking Friday, and they flocked to his home in Johannesburg's leafy Houghton neighborhood.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 6, 2013 at 8:21 a.m.

His passing is truly a loss for all of us.

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paladin123p06130833 says... December 6, 2013 at 3:08 p.m.

DontDrinkDatKoolAid: I'm with you on this one

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T6 says... December 6, 2013 at 4:14 p.m.

Only God knows what was in his heart but before he was sanitized by the left and annointed to sainthood he was a Communist.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 6, 2013 at 4:33 p.m.

Those things aside T6, he did unite a nation that was in a xterm situation in race relations. Just look at the History of South Africa before during and after his time. Yes one will find atrocities, but that is life.

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BillSmithFreeSpiritMan says... December 6, 2013 at 6:24 p.m.

T6 ....... that is what all the religious right say about someone wanting equality, most of the time with no facts to back them up. Just look how Reagan vetoed the bill that provided sanctions about doing business with SA during apartheid. He was on the terrorist watch list until 2008. T6, watch the movie Cry Freedom and tell us what you would have done to resolve the enslavement of the blacks. It was the white Christians that were the problem.

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