Duane Petrus – The Nelson Mandela statue on Naval Hill in Bloemfontein is currently being visited by residents who wish to pay their final respects while his funeral is currently underway.
Some African heads of state, as well as President Jacob Zuma have delivered speeches at the funeral proceedings in his hometown of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.
The site where the tallest statue of Madiba is erected, is seeing families laying flowers and taking pictures.
Many of today’s visitors have never been here before, saying it is only right to make their first visit before the struggle icon’s casket descends.
“I had to come here this morning, but my PVR decoder is busy recording everything while I am paying my respects,” says Juanita van Wyk.
There are currently not many people on top of the hill, with visitors stayed for a brief period.
Angolan citizen, Jose Dito, says his visit to the Hill is to show a symbol of support to mourners of the country and the world.
“To the name Nelson Mandela means everything good that I can think of. He lives everything the Bible teaches us.
A live screening of the funeral is being projected onto big screen televisions at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo.