Public viewing spots fail to pull in crowds

Thulani Gqirana and Tremaine van Aardt

ALL but one of the Nelson Mandela Bay’s public viewing areas were empty yesterday while thousands of people across the country watched the funeral of the “father of democracy”.

At most public mourning sites, only a handful of residents viewed the screening of former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Fewer than 10 people showed up at each venue, including the Daku Community Hall, Helenvale Resource Centre, Walmer High School, Allanridge Hall, Babs Madlakane Hall and Despatch Town Hall.

There were about 30 people at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton, while more than 100 residents congregated at the Peace Park in Motherwell.

Kwazakhele resident Ntombifikile Silwana and her four-year-old daughter, Liso, who had joined five mourners at Daku, said she could not watch the funeral at home.


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