Madiba procession begins

By Drum Digital
11 December 2013

Police and military personnel were putting the final touches in place on Wednesday morning ahead of the procession bearing former president Nelson Mandela's body.

Mandela will lie in state for the next three days at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Five military vehicles drove towards the Union Buildings and a number of double-decker buses carried passengers. Roads near the buildings were closed.

Soldiers marched in two columns, getting into position along the procession route. They were positioned on either side of Madiba Street, standing about three metres apart.

The international peace icon died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, at the age of 95 on Thursday.

The official memorial service was held at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday, and was attended, among others, by over 100 current and former heads of state and government.

Mandela will be buried in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.


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