Madiba's body arrives at Union Buildings

By Drum Digital
11 December 2013

The body of former president Nelson Mandela arrived at the Union Buildings in Pretoria shortly before 8am.

The body of former president Nelson Mandela arrived at the Union Buildings in Pretoria shortly before 8am on Wednesday, after a procession from One Military Hospital.

The procession left the hospital at 7.15am. Hundreds of people broke into song and dance as Mandela's coffin, draped in the South African flag, passed by, accompanied by more than 20 cars and many motorbikes.

Some streets were left empty. A small group of people formed a guard of honour on Madiba Street as helicopters hovered overhead.

As the coffin went through the intersection at Francis Baard Street, a woman in uniform stopped and saluted the cavalcade.

Johannes Segooa, who watched from behind the barricades, said he wanted to pay his last respects to Mandela.

"His legacy will last forever as Tata has sacrificed a lot for us," said Segooa.

"He has run his race until the finish line."

Mandela died on Thursday night at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, at the age of 95.

He will lie in state at the Union Buildings for the next three days, and will be buried in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.

-by Sapa

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