Mandela memorial - as it happened

2013-12-11 14:20

Get the latest details here as events continue to be held for the late Nelson Mandela.

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Following Tuesday’s memorial at FNB Stadium for Nelson Mandela, Cape Town will host its own event.

FreshlyGround, Johnny Clegg, Annie Lennox and others are set to perform. City Mayor Patricia de Lille, former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar and others will all share their memories of Madiba.

The event is set to start at 16:00 and gates open at 14:00.

Wednesday also marked the day that public could view Mandela’s body at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Hundreds of dignitaries including current and former presidents from around the world paid their respects to Tata Mandela. Many members of the Mandela family also viewed the body.

Members of the public were then allowed to view Mandela’s body.

Preparations have also begun for Madiba’s Qunu funeral. A massive tent was seen being erected.

To view updates from earlier on Wednesday, click here.

Are you in either Cape Town, Qunu or at the Union Buildings? Send us your eyewitness accounts or send us your photos


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16:16 - Nelson Mandela, great reconciler, even in death


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16:09 - AFP reported that some mourners stopped briefly to pray, others bowed or brushed against the rope balustrade to get a closer look at the mortal remains of Nelson Mandela.

Some collapsed, felled by the weight of their grief, before being helped away by medical personnel or fellow onlookers.


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15:58 - Buses taking mourners from the Tshwane Events Centre to view former president Nelson Mandela's body at the Union Buildings were running like clockwork on Wednesday afternoon, Sapa reported.

As one left with passengers, another pulled up to collect more.

However, this seemed to do little to help reduce the queue of thousands who wanted to go and see Mandela lying in state in Pretoria. Two long queues stretched hundreds of metres. Some people were given seats while they waited.



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15:03 - People in the queue at the Union Buildings are furious because they don't know whether they need their IDs or not to view Mandela's body.


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14:51 - There's one group that's not very happy with Madiba. It's the Westboro Baptist Church. But then they don't like anyone. See eNCA's interview with one of their members here.


14:43 - Archbishop Tutu's house in Cape Town was burgled while he was in Johannesburg, EWN's Alex Eliseev


14:39 - See a video of people reacting after viewing Mandela's body:




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14:30 - Hundreds of people have already started streaming into Cape Town Stadium.


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14:19 - Gates have opened for the Cape Town event.


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