A mourning nation
In a dispatch from Johannesburg, The Economist surveyed the mood of a crowd outside Mandela’s home in Houghton, one of the city’s suburbs:
The mood among the pilgrims to Houghton, as in the wider country, was mixed. Candles were lit in mourning but there were also songs in celebration of a remarkable life. Asked on a popular talk-radio show about his feelings, a minister who had served under Mr Mandela during his first and only term as president until 1999, said he was “sad, relieved and elated”. It is a strange mix of emotions but a telling one.