The entire world is remembering Nelson Mandela, a veritable icon, one of the last great men say some, but it is obviously in South Africa where emotions are running the highest, and where they express themselves in a special way.
Euronews’ correspondent in Johannesburg is François Chignac.
“The overriding image here is one of communion. The country is certainly in mourning, but it’s a joyful wake, we see the people in the streets are not sad, but are sharing their experiences, talking, dancing, singing and raising their eyes and arms to the skies. Everyone’s photographing everyone else, and there’s lots of hugging. That’s why I say it’s a communion. I saw it just a few hours ago in the crowd outside Mandela’s last house in Houghton. Police put up barriers to stop cars getting too close, and those barriers are now covered with flowers. People are setting up altars, lighting candles, leaving messages, singing and dancing their final respects.”