South Africa continues to celebrate the legacy of Mandela
December 9 , 2013
South Africa held church services and a day of prayer to celebrate the legacy of the recently deceased anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela.
"We never cry when somebody dies," a mourner, who prayed for Mandela's recovery for six months said. "We celebrate the life that they lived."
About 53 heads of state including Barack Obama and his wife and Bill Clinton are expected to attend Mandela's funeral events; The Queen is not attending the funeral due to distance but Prince Charles is expected to represent the British monarchy at the events.
Father Sebastian Rossouw called Mandela "moonlight" at Soweto's Regina Mundi Church. "Madiba did not doubt the light,"Rossouw said. "He paved the way for a better future, but he cannot do it alone."