Transport for Hatfield mourners delayed

2013-12-11 13:34
Bus with mourners arriving at the Union Buildings. (Jacaranda Newsteam via Twitter)

Bus with mourners arriving at the Union Buildings. (Jacaranda Newsteam via Twitter)

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Pretoria - Transport for mourners to the Union Buildings in Pretoria has been delayed at the Hatfield park-and-ride centre, police said.

Police spokesperson Andre Wiese said the viewing of former president Nelson Mandela's body lying in state at the Union Buildings had been delayed by an hour.

Members of the public would be able to view the body from only 13:00.

It was believed the early morning procession bearing the body through Pretoria had caused the delay.

The first bus was meant to leave the centre at midday.

The number of mourners at Hatfield swelled to about 2 500 by 11:30.

Wiese said that although the crowd had grown, it was calm.

He said there was not enough time to accommodate everyone for viewing on Wednesday.

He could not estimate how many bus trips would have to be made to take the number of people present.

It would depend on how long the bus took for each trip.

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