1000s queue to see Madiba

2013-12-11 12:39
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Pretoria - A winding queue formed outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria as people gathered to view the body of former president Nelson Mandela lying in state on Wednesday.

The queue was growing rapidly as members of the Tshwane metro police directed it.
Some people used umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun.

Political party T-shirts of the African National Congress and Agang SA were in evidence.

Tshepiso Matema said she had travelled from Soweto "to see history being made".

"There is no other place to be besides the Union Buildings today, in the whole South Africa. We want to see our old man," said Matema.

Before midday, some people were complaining about the slow movement of the queue into the Union Buildings.

"I don't know how our government plans, but this queuing arrangement is bound to become chaotic. The buses are not very frequent and very soon thousands of people will become restless," said Irvin Lesetja from Mamelodi.

Hundreds of police officers were standing near the long queue.

Mandela died at home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Thursday, at the age of 95. He 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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