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Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) - Residents of Soweto, the bedrock of black resistance against apartheid rule, sang and danced as they paid their respects to the late peace icon Nelson Mandela outside his former home on Friday. A small crowd of admirers, some dressed in the ruling ANC party's yellow t-shirts, braved an unseasonal chilly summer morning to lay flowers outside Mandela's former residence, which is now a museum and a popular tourist attraction. Mandela, who became South Africa's first black president after battling white-minority apartheid, died late on Thursday following a protracted lung infection. He lived in the Soweto house with then-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela before he went underground in the early 1960s.