‘Line the streets for Madiba’

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A statue of Nelson Mandela outside the gates of Drakenstein Correctional Centre, near Paarl. Picture: Finbarr O'Reilly

Johannesburg -

The body of former president Nelson Mandela will be transported from 1 Military Hospital to the Union Buildings on a daily basis from Wednesday to Friday, the City of Tshwane said.

“Certain roads in City of Tshwane will be closed to pass through from 1 Military Hospital to the Union Buildings, where his body will be lying in state,” said spokesman Selby Bokaba.

The Old Pretoria Road, Kgosi Mampuru Street (former Potgieter Street) and Madiba Street (former Vermeulen Street) towards the Union building will be closed from Wednesday to Friday between 5am and 9am.

“The public should note that all the roads adjacent to the Union Buildings will be closed to traffic during the three-day period.”

Jan Smuts Drive (Old Johannesburg Road) will be closed from the off-ramp to Eufees Road and the N14 freeway from Eufees Road.

“Selected sections of the route will be re-opened once the area has been cleared by security personnel.”

The public were advised to use alternative routes and not to travel through the Pretoria CBD during those times.

However, members of the public were invited to line the route and form a public guard of honour for Madiba when his body is being transported.

The Tshwane Events Centre, LC De Villiers Sports Facility in Hatfield and Fountains Valley Park will be used as park and ride facilities to the Union Building.

On Wednesday, tens of thousands of South Africans attended the former statesman's memorial service.

US, British and French heads of government past and present attended, along with European royals, African leaders including Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and a strong celebrity contingent led by local-born actress Charlize Theron. - Sapa

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