City Hall lit in South African colours

Published Sunday, 15 December 2013
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The outside of Belfast City Hall has been illuminated in the colours of the South African flag to mark the funeral of Nelson Mandela.

City Hall lit in South African colours
A colourful illumination of City Hall to remember Nelson Mandela. (© Presseye)

The building was lit up in green, black, white, gold, red and blue on Sunday evening for the anti-apartheid revolutionary, who died last week aged 95.

It comes after Saturday's service of commemoration at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, with members of the public celebrating the life of the former South African president.

Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir, who organised the gathering alongside Dean of Belfast John Mann and the African and Caribbean community, described it as a chance to "reflect on the life of Nelson Mandela and give thanks for the inspiration and legacy he has left us".

Mr Mandela has been laid to rest in Qunu, the tiny village in South Africa where he grew up, following a state funeral attended by over 4,000 people including family, world leaders and figures such as entrepreneur Richard Branson and broadcaster Oprah Winfrey.

Addressing the congregation, South African president Jacob Zuma said: "It is the end of an extraordinary journey that began 95 years ago.

South Africa will continue to rise.

Jacob Zuma

"It is the end of 95 glorious years, of a freedom fighter, a dedicated and humble servant of the people of South Africa. Fountain of wisdom, a pillar of strength, and a beacon of hope for all those fighting for a just and equitable world order.

"Your long walk to freedom has ended in a physical sense. Our own journey continues. We have to continue working to build the kind of society you worked tirelessly to construct."

The funeral service marks the end of a week of memorial events for Nelson Mandela.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams formed part of the guard of honour for at an African National Congress send-off in Pretoria on Saturday.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness attended a national memorial service at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium, alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama and Irish President Michael D Higgins.

A number of books of condolence have been opened in Northern Ireland.

Some 100,000 people came to see Mr Mandela's body as it lay in state in Pretoria over a period of three days this week, with some having to be turned away.

The anti-apartheid revolutionary, who was imprisoned for 27 years before emerging in 1990 to forge a new democratic South Africa, died on 5 December.

© UTV News
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35 Comments
Rob in Belfast wrote (123 days ago):
how does planting bombs that murder innocent women and children make a person or group of people anything other than terrorists, as for lighting up the city hall like this.. I think the above question answers that..
Gareth in Belfast wrote (123 days ago):
To ak in ireland ,,,, i dont read up on republican hunger strikers and terrosists .................
AK in Ireland wrote (124 days ago):
@ gareth I suggest you read up why the plaque is there.
Michael Monaghan in Belfast wrote (124 days ago):
To Gareth in belfast - got it in one Gareth you don't understand OR want to understand the Republican movement so obviously you would'nt understand the sacrifice the hunger strikers made to the Republican cause then ?? Stick with what you know ...
Iain in Belfast wrote (124 days ago):
Michael Monaghan, ah yes democracy is all fine and well but I love the way you just gloss over acts of terrorism. So tell me, does terrorism bring about democracy? No, stop me there. I know how predictable your answer will be. As for saintly Mandela, you do know what he did to people using car tyres?
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