Mandela’s body lies in state for second day

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The body of former president Nelson Mandela is transported to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday. Mandela will lie in state for three days - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week - before his funeral in Qunu on Sunday. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi

Johannesburg -

The body of former president Nelson Mandela will lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria for a second day on Thursday.

Mandela will be transported from 1 Military Hospital to the Union Buildings on a daily basis until Friday.

Members of the public are invited to line the route and form a public guard of honour while his body is being transported.

People can view the body from 8am to 5.30pm on Thursday and Friday.

On Wednesday, public viewing started at 1pm. This was so the Mandela family and international and national dignitaries could view the body first.

On Wednesday, scores of people queued at various points around Pretoria, waiting to be taken to the Union Buildings.

By the afternoon, the government informed the public that buses would stop taking mourners to see Mandela's body from 4pm because it had reached the limit for the day.

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Thursday last week, at the age of 95.

The official memorial service was held at the FNB Stadium, in Soweto, on Tuesday, and was attended by 100 current and former heads of state and government.

He will be buried in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday. - Sapa

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