Mandela dressed in trademark batik shirt

2013-12-11 14:28
 Nelson Mandela's former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela bids farewell to the former president lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. (Marco Longari, AFP)

Nelson Mandela's former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela bids farewell to the former president lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. (Marco Longari, AFP)

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People react to seeing Mandela's body

2013-12-11 14:31

South Africans share their emotional experience of seeing Nelson Mandela's body lying in state.WATCH

Pretoria - Nelson Mandela is lying in state in Pretoria dressed in one of his trademark colourful batik shirts from Indonesia.

Through a glass casing, visitors can see the brown-and-yellow shirt and Mandela's face.

His lower body is covered.

Four guards with heads bowed are guarding each corner of the coffin, as visitors pass by for a brief moment of reflection alongside the global icon's body.

News24’s Dan Calderwood, who is at the Union Buildings, tweeted: “Nelson Mandela looks peaceful.”

Other mourners who paid their last respects, wrote on Facebook: “Tata looks beautiful. He is wearing a black and gold "Madiba shirt", just as he would have when he was alive.”

And: “Long live the spirit of Nelson Mandela!”

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

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