Dec. 7 - South Africans celebrate the life of the late former President Nelson Mandela with song, dance and reflection. Nathan Frandino reports.
With bouquets piling up throughout South Africa, mourning there has morphed into celebration. Honoring the life of Nelson Mandela, South Africans dance, sing and reflect on his legacy. At Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, more tributes to the late leader. (SOUNDBITE) (Xhosa) SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESSWOMAN, NOPASEKA MBAKI, SAYING: "We have lost a great deal. We had hoped that there was another chance for him to do great things for the country. We trust God to bring forth another hero to lead, but we hope others will learn from him." This man visited the site with his daughters. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VISITOR, CHRIS ALLEN, SAYING: "My daughters are South African and it meant a tremendous amount to them when they were watching the news yesterday and I am proud of their heritage. They are South African, and they wanted to do something, just say some words for Madiba and from the tears that they have been showing this meant a lot to them, even at their age and they never knew him, but the impact is amazing." In Qunu, Mandela's ancestral home, residents lit a torch in honor of the former South African president. Along the wall of the Nelson Mandela Museum, there are messages of peace and praise. Mandela rose from rural obscurity and became the anti-apartheid hero and the country's first black president. He died Thursday after a long illness.