Military outriders escort the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela as it leaves the 1 Military Hospital on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
Military outriders escort the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela as it leaves the 1 Military Hospital on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
Military outriders escort the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela as it leaves the 1 Military Hospital on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
Military outriders escort the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela as it leaves the 1 Military Hospital on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
The funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela leaves 1 Military Hospital on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Thomas Mukoya/ Reuters
The funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela leaves 1 Military Hospital on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Thomas Mukoya/ Reuters
People cheer as the funeral cortege carrying the coffin Nelson Mandela leaves 1 Military Hospital on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
People cheer as the funeral cortege carrying the coffin Nelson Mandela leaves 1 Military Hospital on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
Military outriders escort the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela as it leaves 1 Military Hospital on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Military outriders escort the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela as it leaves 1 Military Hospital on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Prison wardens and members of the public watch as the procession carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela makes its way past Pretoria Central Prison. Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
Prison wardens and members of the public watch as the procession carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela makes its way past Pretoria Central Prison. Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
Women chant slogans and dance as the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela leaves 1 Military Hospital on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo:Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
Women chant slogans and dance as the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela leaves 1 Military Hospital on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo:Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
The hearse carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela travels through a street of Pretoria on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
The hearse carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela travels through a street of Pretoria on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Military outriders escort the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela through a street of Pretoria on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Military outriders escort the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela through a street of Pretoria on its way to the Union Buildings. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Prison wardens and members of the public watch as the procession carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela makes its way past Pretoria Central Prison. Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
Prison wardens and members of the public watch as the procession carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela makes its way past Pretoria Central Prison. Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
A soldier guards a closed road as military outriders escort the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela close to the Union Buildings. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach /Reuters
A soldier guards a closed road as military outriders escort the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela close to the Union Buildings. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach /Reuters
Military personnel prepare to carry the remains of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Military personnel prepare to carry the remains of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Military personnel carry the remains of the late Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Photo: Marco Longari/Reuters
Military personnel carry the remains of the late Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Photo: Marco Longari/Reuters
The body of the late Nelson Mandela arrives at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, carried by military personnel and followed by members of the Mandela family. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
The body of the late Nelson Mandela arrives at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, carried by military personnel and followed by members of the Mandela family. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
The body of the late Nelson Mandela arrives at the Union Buildings carried by military personnel and followed by members of the Mandela family. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
The body of the late Nelson Mandela arrives at the Union Buildings carried by military personnel and followed by members of the Mandela family. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
The body of the late Nelson Mandela arrives at the Union Buildings carried by military personnel and followed by members of the Mandela family. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
The body of the late Nelson Mandela arrives at the Union Buildings carried by military personnel and followed by members of the Mandela family. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
11/12/2013 By standers watch as the members of South African Defence Force march from the Union Buildings.
Picture:  Thobile Mathonsi
11/12/2013 By standers watch as the members of South African Defence Force march from the Union Buildings. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi
11/12/2013. A young mourner at the Union Buildings who was waiting to see the procession of former president Nelson Mandela.
Picture:  Thobile Mathonsi
11/12/2013. A young mourner at the Union Buildings who was waiting to see the procession of former president Nelson Mandela. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi
A woman sings and dances after the cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela passes through Pretoria. Photo: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
A woman sings and dances after the cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela passes through Pretoria. Photo: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
People react as the hearse carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela travels through a street in Pretoria. Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters
People react as the hearse carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela travels through a street in Pretoria. Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters
People cheer as a helicopter flies above to escort the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
People cheer as a helicopter flies above to escort the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Graca Machel (front 2nd R), the widow of Nelson Mandela, views his coffin as he lies in state at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Graca Machel (front 2nd R), the widow of Nelson Mandela, views his coffin as he lies in state at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Winnie Mandela (2nd R), ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, views his coffin as he lies in state at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Winnie Mandela (2nd R), ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, views his coffin as he lies in state at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Winnie Mandela, ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, looks down while viewing his coffin as he lies in state at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Winnie Mandela, ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, looks down while viewing his coffin as he lies in state at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Bono walks between his wife Ali Hewson (L) and Zelda La Grange (R), former assistant of Nelson Mandela, after viewing his body at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Bono walks between his wife Ali Hewson (L) and Zelda La Grange (R), former assistant of Nelson Mandela, after viewing his body at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Jacob Zuma pays his respects at the coffin of Nelson Mandela, as Mandela lies in state at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Jacob Zuma pays his respects at the coffin of Nelson Mandela, as Mandela lies in state at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Naomi Campbell reacts after viewing the coffin of Nelson Mandela as he lies in state at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Naomi Campbell reacts after viewing the coffin of Nelson Mandela as he lies in state at the Union Buildings. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters
Winnie Mandela pays her respects at Nelson Mandela's coffin as he lies in state at the Union Buildings. Photo: Marco Longari/Reuters
Winnie Mandela pays her respects at Nelson Mandela's coffin as he lies in state at the Union Buildings. Photo: Marco Longari/Reuters
A man holds a portrait of Nelson Mandela after the coffin of the former president passed through a street in Pretoria. Photo: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
A man holds a portrait of Nelson Mandela after the coffin of the former president passed through a street in Pretoria. Photo: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

The body of Nelson Mandela is lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, following a procession from 1 Military hospital.

Hundreds of people broke into song, ululated, and danced as Mandela's coffin, draped in the South African flag, was accompanied by more than 20 cars and many motorbikes.