South Africa had already left Nelson Mandela behind
David BlairNelson Mandela’s dignified state funeral on Sunday was in stark contrast to the tumultuous memorial ceremony last week. A guard of honour, a gun carriage and a carefully chosen audience of a few thousand replaced a rainswept football stadium in Soweto, filled with hurriedly assembled world leaders, exchanging embarrassing “selfies” and watching their words converted into random hand movements by a sign-language interpreter who later claimed to see angels.
The 10 days of commemoration for Mandela brought the world to South Africa, in a way that has not happened – rugby and football world cups notwithstanding – since the man who earned those tributes won the presidency almost 20 years ago. Yet many of its inhabitants were hardly overjoyed by the sudden burst of attention.
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"South Africa had already left Nelson Mandela behind", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2013. Consulté le 10/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/south-africa-had-already-left-nelson-mandela-behind