Ululation, dancing along Mandela procession

2013-12-11 09:03
The funeral cortege of former president Nelson Mandela leaves the Military Hospital in Pretoria. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

The funeral cortege of former president Nelson Mandela leaves the Military Hospital in Pretoria. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

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Pretoria - Hundreds of people broke into song, ululated, and danced as Nelson Mandela's coffin, draped in the South African flag, was accompanied by more than 20 cars and many motorbikes en route to the Union Buildings.

Mandela died on Thursday night at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home at the age of 95. He will lie in state at the Union Buildings for the next three days.

Numerous Tshwane metro police vehicles blocked Voortrekker Road leading to the Thaba Tshwane Military Base, causing delays.

At 06:00, numerous motorists were hooting and shouting in frustration as the metro police officers and military police tried to manage the traffic.

Hundreds of people gathered near the main entrance of One Military Hospital, inside the vast Thaba Tshwane.

A military helicopter circled above the lively crowd. Many local and international journalists also lined the street adjacent to the main entrance.

Further away, in Pretoria central, metal barricades had been placed on the sides of Kgosi Mampuru Street which runs past the correctional services facility renamed Kgosi Mampuru XI.

Hundreds of police officers were on the street, awaiting the procession bearing Mandela's body.

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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