As the rain poured down on the FNB Stadium in Soweto, THAPELO LEKGOWA did the rounds with his camera.
There was a festive atmosphere at times, with members of the crowd singing and dancing. Photo: Thapelo Lekgowa.
Mourners wave flags and images of Nelson Mandela. Photo: Thapelo Lekgowa
The rain poured down. Mourners, undeterred, kept coming. Photo: Thapelo Lekgowa.
Mourners sing and pray. Photo: Thapelo Lekgowa.
Some of the stands were chock-a-block, although most of the time the stadium was approximately two-thirds full. Photo: Thapelo Lekgowa.
A mourner adds her own touch. Photo: Thapelo Lekgowa
A mourner prays. Photo: Thapelo Lekgowa
A man in protest against the National Anthem is seen at the Mandela memorial, Soweto. Photo by Thapelo Lekgowa
Little Charys Rudling is at the FNB Stadium with her family: “Sharp, Sharp.” Photo by Thapelo Lekgowa
A ‘We will always love you, Tata’ banner is used as a shield by participants at the Mandela memorial. Photo by Thapelo Lekgowa
A Zimbabwean flag is waved at the FNB stadium in Soweto. There were also cheers for Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. Photo by Thapelo Lekgowa
After the national anthem, EFF members held high their red berets, screaming “Freedom!” Photo by Thapelo Lekgowa. DM
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