Final farewell for Mandela in Pretoria

2013-12-13 08:32

People lined the streets in Pretoria to bid a final farewell to former president Nelson Mandela as his body was transported to the Union Buildings, where he will lie in state for the third and last day.

Thousands of people gathered along the route the motorcade followed from One Military Hospital to the Union Buildings.

Some people sang and danced, and shouted out in unison “Madiba”, as the convoy of more than 40 vehicles passed by.

Some climbed trees to get a better view, while office workers peered out of their windows.

At the Union Buildings, helicopters circled above as mounted police officers arrived.

After lying in state today, Mandela’s body will be transported to his boyhood village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

His state funeral will take place on Sunday.

Mandela died last week on Thursday at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, aged 95.

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