Queue swells to thousands

2013-12-12 12:48
People queue to bid farewell to former president Nelson Mandela lying in state outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria. (Filippo Monteforte, AFP)

People queue to bid farewell to former president Nelson Mandela lying in state outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria. (Filippo Monteforte, AFP)

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Pretoria - The queue at Fountains Valley park-and-ride facility in Pretoria swelled considerably before midday on Thursday.

Security officials stationed in the area said thousands of people were waiting for buses to ferry them to the Union Building to see former president Nelson Mandela's body lying in state.

People waited in the line for hours in the heat, with many sheltering under umbrellas. One person fainted in the heat and was taken away. There was no more parking space for the increasing number of vehicles.

Young and old, black and white, shared stories on their moments with Mandela.

Men on bicycles sold ice-cream, and other vendors sold Mandela flags, T-shirts, and posters.

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, last Thursday, aged 95. The official memorial service was held at the FNB Stadium, in Soweto, on Tuesday, and was attended by about 100 current and former heads of state and government.

Mandela 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.

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