Ordinary South Africans, ‘there in spirit’ in a variety of ways as Mandela is celebrated

By Steven Mufson, December 10, 2013

JOHANNESBURG — Neil Joss and Shan Holmes sat just out of the rain at a covered outdoor table in the Baglios restaurant off Nelson Mandela Square in the Johannesburg suburb of Sandton. From there, watched over by a looming statue of Mandela, they could see a giant screen broadcasting his memorial service live.

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