Last day Mandela lies in state

By Drum Digital
13 December 2013

The body of former president Nelson Mandela will lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday for the last time.

Members of the public are invited to line the route and form a public guard of honour from 1 Military Hospital to the Union Buildings, where his body will be transported.

People can view the body from 8am to 5.30pm.

Several memorial services will take place, throughout the provinces, on Friday to honour the former president.

The venues are Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto, Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Delft Sports Stadium in Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Stadium in East London, and in Kimberley at an unconfirmed venue.

Mandela's body lay in state on Wednesday and Thursday at the seat of government, where he was sworn in as the country's first democratically elected president almost 20 years ago.

The City of Tshwane said over 20,000 people queued on Thursday for a chance to pay their last respects to Mandela.

The park-and-ride facilities for the public viewing closed shortly after 3pm, after reaching full capacity.

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, last Thursday at the age of 95. His body will be taken to the Eastern Cape on Saturday. He will be laid to rest in a state funeral on Sunday in Qunu, where he spent much of his childhood.

- SAPA

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