YAYA TOURE VISITS MANDELA’S FIRST DEMOCRATIC VOTE VENUE
By: Neo Goba
Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, on Friday visited Ohlange High School where Nelson Mandela voted for the very first time in 1994 and where founder of the African National Congress, John Langalibalele Dube, lies.
Toure paid tribute to the Nelson Mandela day by visiting the place where he casted his vote in the first democratic election in 1994 at the Dr J. L. Dube Interpretation Centre. Students of the school as well as the media waited anxiously for the Ivorian to arrive.
As soon as he got out of the car, bodyguards rushed to his side of the door and escorted him to where most people were waiting for him. Students had made a tunnel for him to walk through and he shook their hands as he walked on.
The two times African Footballer of the Year (2011 & 2012) laid a rose on top of Mafukuzela’s grave and later proceeded down into the Dr J. L. Dube’s African Renaissance Resource Center where he wrote a message for Madiba on one of the banners.
Toure was the first international soccer player to walk the same path that the former state president voted in in 1994 at Ohlange Institute. The Ivorian traced those exact footsteps of Tata.
“It’s amazing, unbelievable; it’s an honor for me to follow in the steps of the big man. I am very happy today and very excited to see the kids for the last couple of days. I have said that I have come here to see my people,” said Toure with a grin on his face.
He then interacted with students and local people but there was barely time to interact with him because of the limited time, and security was beefing up.
Xolile Sithole who is a student at the school said, “It was inspiring because since Toure came from a poor background, but has grown using his skills to be what he has become now, he inspires them and teaches them that their background does not determine where they are going.”