Mandela's body to lie in state for three days - what you need know

2013-12-11 08:17
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Scenes from the Union Buildings

See images from the procession where Nelson Mandela's body was moved to the Union Buildings, where he will lie in state for three days.

Pretoria: The body of Nelson Mandela was led by procession to Pretoria's Union Buildings where it will be lying in state for three days until Friday.

The Mandela family will open the viewing from 10am on Wednesday and members of the public will be allowed to file past Madiba's body from 12:00 until 17:30. On Thursday and Friday the viewing will be open from 08:30  to 17:30.

Mandela's body will be moved on Saturday to his home town of Qunu for his official State funeral on Sunday (15 December 2013).

The Union Buildings hold extreme significance for South Africa as the official seat of South Africa's government and houses The Presidency as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs - but it was also the place where Madiba was sworn in as the first democratically elected president of South Africa  - nearly two decades ago.

Park-and-ride facilities

Due to the anticipated increase in private vehicles, the following park-and-ride facilities have been activated - members will be shuttled to the Union Buildings:

- Tshwane Events Centre (TEC) – Park-and-ride 1 (public)
- LC de Villiers Sports Facility – Park-and-ride 2 (public)
- Fountains Valley – Park-and-ride 3 (public)

Union Building restrictions

Members or the public have been urged to leave cellphones and cameras at home as these  have been barred from the Union Buildings during the lying in state of Nelson Mandela’s body. 

The route from the Union Builldings includes the following streets, Kgosi Mampuru, Jeff Masemola Street and Madiba Street - See the full list of Pretoria road closures here.

The state has advised people to form a guard of honour by lining the streets as Mandela's coffin will travel from 1Military Hospital to the Union Buildings at 7am daily.

Key landmarks that are significant to Madiba's life that can be experienced along the way are

- the central prison where he was jailed in 1962 for incitement and leaving the country illegally.

-  Palace of Justice, the court where Mandela famously stood in the Rivonia trial in 1963-64 for treason and sabotage with 10 other co-defendants - with his conviction starting his 27-year jail term and his Long Walk to Freedom. Its 50 Year anniversary is currently being celebrated.

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