Mandela’s face was briefly mapped on the city hall in Cape Town where he gave his first freedom speech in 1990 after his release from 27 years in apartheid prison.
The tribute, which featured a recording of Mandela calling for peace and friendship, was screened just before the countdown into midnight was marked with a fireworks show.
It was part of a free party featuring singers and DJs on the public square opposite city hall where the crowd also replicated Mandela's trademark arm waving dance known as the ‘Madiba jive’.

South Africa's first democratically elected leader died aged 95 on December 5, triggering a massive reaction at home and around the world.


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