Madiba dressed in trademark shirt

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Former president Nelson Mandela, flanked by Thabo Mbeki, right, and Jacob Zuma, left, cuts a birthday cake at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium for his 90th birthday, organised by the ANC. File photo: Jerome Delay

Pretoria - Nelson Mandela is lying in state in Pretoria dressed in one of his trademark colourful batik shirts from Indonesia.

Through a glass casing, visitors can see the brown-and-yellow shirt and Mandela's face. His lower body is covered.

Four guards with heads bowed are guarding each corner of the coffin, as visitors pass by for a brief moment of reflection alongside the global icon's body.


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