South Africa 5.12.2014 10:45 am

Madiba gone, but his spirit lives on in Houghton

FILE PICTURE: People of different nationalities visited the former South African President Nelson Mandela's home in Houghton, Johannesburg, 10 December 2013. Madiba passed away on the 5th of December 2013 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

FILE PICTURE: People of different nationalities visited the former South African President Nelson Mandela's home in Houghton, Johannesburg, 10 December 2013. Madiba passed away on the 5th of December 2013 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Former president Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home is quiet and serene as small groups pass by, paying tribute to the father of the nation, one year after his death.

Scores of people were continuously arriving at the house in Twelfth Avenue, laying flowers, crying, singing, dancing and reminiscing about Mandela, who was affectionately known as Tata.

But a year after his death, Houghton has the same peace and tranquility that so many have associated with Tata’s character.

Karabo Tlhake, a student, laid down a bunch of white flowers – a token of appreciation for all that Madiba had done, he said.

Tlhake said he was there with his parents last year when the news broke of Mandela’s passing, and felt he should again pay triibute to the father of South Africa’s democracy.

“So I just bought a bunch of flowers before I went to school, because I think he is still a really important person,” said Tlhake.

“He has made an amazing mark, he was an amazing man. Take five minutes out of your day just as a small token of appreciation for what he has done for us all.”

Although the Houghton home no longer houses Tata’s body, it somehow still has his spirit, said Tlhake.

He said it was hard to accept that Tata was no longer with us, even a year on, but that they had to accept that he was gone and at peace.

– alexm@citizen.co.za.

 

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