Dec. 10 - Crowds of mourners pack Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium, dancing and singing under pouring rain, ahead of a memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Thousands of mourners braved South Africa's summer rain as they packed the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg for a national memorial for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday (December 10). Despite pouring rains, the atmosphere inside the stadium was celebratory, with people in colorful wear dancing, blowing "vuvuzelas" - plastic horns - and singing songs from the country's anti-apartheid struggle. It was in the same stadium where Mandela faced crowds when he was released from prison 23 years ago. The memorial event will pay tribute to a life of imprisonment and political struggle that ended in triumph and consecrated Mandela as a global symbol of integrity and forgiveness. The fact that the visiting leaders - more than 90 are expected - include some from nations still locked in antagonism, such as Cuba and the United States, adds resonance to the homage being held at the gigantic bowl-shaped stadium, the venue of the 2010 World Cup final.