GALLERY: Viewing Mandela - 1994 all over again

By Drum Digital
13 December 2013

Thousands of people lined up in queues that snaked around the Pretoria City Centre and Union Buildings.

Members of the public began viewing the body of former president Nelson Mandela on Friday as he lay in state for the third and final day at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Several elderly people, many dressed in traditional outfits, as well as some police officials, were among the first in line to view the body.

Police officers stopped and saluted the beloved statesman.

Grandson Mandla Mandela stood to the side at the structure where the body lay. Dressed in black, he contrasted sharply against the elaborate white floral displays beside him.

Earlier he softly mouthed the words of the national anthem as a military band played. He has remained with his grandfather's body every day. According to AbaThembu tradition, an adult male family member must remain with the body until burial.

-          SAPA

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