Several leading South African figures and family members have been visiting the hospital in Pretoria where Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition, to pay their respects and pray for the former president.
The Archbishop of Cape Town said people should be grateful for all he had done for the nation, and honour his legacy.
Many ordinary people of all races have visited too.
“I go out for my morning run and come down here and pay my respects to the greatest man in the world…. Sorry, I didn’t expect that,” said a man, as he began sobbing.
“Let’s accept, instead of crying, let’s celebrate that the old man left his legacy, so we should celebrate. He is our icon, he is our hero,” another man added.
Among the visitors was an entire primary school class born years after apartheid ended.
Reports in South African newspapers speak of a row within Mandela’s family over funeral and burial arrangements.
The claims have been denied by an opposition leader and friend of Mandela.