Madiba lies in state

2013-12-11 09:03

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Pretoria - The body of former president Nelson Mandela was lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria shortly after 08:00 on Wednesday.

Police formed a guard of honour as the casket was taken from the hearse and carried into the building. People were seen waving flags and singing: "Mandela, my president".

The coffin had a glass top so that people could view Madiba's body.

Road closures and tight security resulted in media and the public struggling to move to the Union Buildings to watch the event.

The atmosphere was sad, as people arrived to pay their final respects to the father of the nation.

Mandela died on Thursday at his Houghton home in Johannesburg at the age of 95. He will be buried in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.

Friends, colleagues, comrades and family of Nelson Mandela are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at Remembered.co.za.

- SAPA

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