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A portrait of Nelson Mandela is seen amongst flowers at Mandela square in Johannesburg. Picture: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Johannesburg - A steady stream of visitors moved through Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Monday, leaving flowers, pictures, and messages of support for the former president.

Mall security staff placed queue chains around the central fountain, which had been converted into a shrine in memory of Madiba.

A separate queue of families and couples waited for an opportunity to have a picture taken with the 6m tall statue of Mandela at the one end of the square.

At the other end, against the back of the Sandton Library, video clips of Mandela speaking were shown on a large screen.

Of the people circling the fountain, many were tourists taking pictures and videos.

A table had been set up with condolence books where members of the public could leave messages.

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, Thursday night. He was 95. he will be buried in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on Sunday.

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