Lanterns float in Amer­ica for Madiba

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NELSON MANDELA 1918-2013 -

NEW YORK: At a themed bar in Brook­lyn named for Nel­son Man­dela, mourn­ers re­spond­ing to news of the an­ti­a­partheid cham­pion’s death gath­ered to launch lanterns and to con­sider how they would pay trib­ute.

The bar, tak­ing its name from Man­dela’s Xhosa clan name, dec­o­rated with huge Man­dela posters and Zulu de­signs, has long been a home away from home for South Africans there – most fit­ting to come to when they heard the news.

“He is like a fa­ther to us. He taught us about for­give­ness and peace,” said Michelle An­drews, 43, a Capeto­nian.

Carl Hlazo, 40, who was bor n i n Zim­babwe, but now l ives i n New York, said he planned to part his hair t o t he side, as Man­dela once did, as a small t ribute.

New York-born teacher An­dre Mer­ri­weather said: “In 500 years, if peo­ple are talk­ing about our time, they’ll say we lived in the era of Nel­son Man­dela”.

Out­side the bar, De­nis du Preez, the bar’s co-owner and a South African, was ar­rang­ing about two-dozen large white lanterns he planned to re­lease in Man­dela’s hon­our, a re­peat of a trib­ute the bar or­gan­ised on its name­sake’s last birth­day in July.

As the lanterns floated, on­look­ers cried out: “Viva Man­dela!” – Reuters

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