Letter From Soweto: Mourning and Celebrating Outside Mandela's Old Home

Gideon Levy and Alex Levac join tens of thousands of people at Mandela's memorial service, in a nation that seems a little surprised at the outpouring of sympathy from the world over.

JOHANNESBURG – Rain began falling in Soweto Monday evening, drenching the parade of men pushing trash carts. They marched down the roads leading out of the city in long lines, black men with gloomy eyes, dressed in rags, wrapped in torn plastic bags, pushing their daily haul with the last remnants of their strength. The death of the township’s most famous resident changed their lives not one whit: They...