Team South Africa on parade
With police sirens blaring and fans cheering from the roadside, the Team SA parade snaked along the streets. From atop the double-decker bus, beaming Commonwealth Games contestants flew South African flags and waved to the public.
The procession took in Ghandi Square in Johannesburg’s CBD before moving on to Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.
'We don’t roll out red carpets and organise open-bus tours for losers. These are winners!' announced South African Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula to a crowd of supporters gathered in the heart of Johannesburg.
Support for Team South Africa during the tournament and after its 40-medal haul has been overwhelming. Here are some social media bytes from the open-bus parade:
Boxing Bronze medalist Tulani Mbenge says though he misses the friendliness of Glasgow, nothing beats S.Africans! pic.twitter.com/2RgvwQqQdd
— Lead SA (@lead_sa) August 8, 2014
— Joanne Lurie (@TheJoLurie) August 8, 2014
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) August 8, 2014
Commonwealth team and Springboks just drove past university corner.... I've never run towards a window that fast before. #teamSA
— lameez omarjee (@LameezOmarjee) August 8, 2014