Nelson Mandela’s Corpse Arrives Pretoria For Lying In State

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December 11, 2013 – Nelson Mandela’s Dead Body Arrives Pretoria South Africa In Casket For Lying In State

Nelson Mandela’s dead body has been transferred to the government seat in Pretoria, South Africa in preparation for his burial ceremony on Sunday.

Mandela’s corpse will lie in state in Pretoria for 3 days ahead of the funeral service.

Thousands of people lined the streets on Wednesday as Nelson Mandela’s funeral cortege proceeded through the streets of Pretoria from 1 Military Hospital to the Union Buildings, the seat of the South African government.

The coffin is to be moved back and forth from the hospital to the Union Buildings every day for the next three days, and the casket with Mandela’s body will be on display for the public to pay its respects at stipulated times.

The Union Buildings are where Mandela was inaugurated as the country’s first black president in 1994 after the end of South Africa’s apartheid system, which segregated whites and blacks under white-minority rule.

The lying-in-state comes after a memorial service in Soweto’s World Cup Stadium on Tuesday in which US President Barack Obama was among those to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Mandela.

On Friday evening, his body will be flown to Eastern Cape province for a traditional service on Saturday. On Sunday, there will be a state funeral and burial at Mandela’s ancestral village of Qunu.

Mandela’s death last Thursday at the age of 95 has sparked mourning and expressions of grief both in South Africa itself and in the international community, where he was widely seen as an icon of racial reconciliation and a moral authority.

[Sources: DW, AFP, DPA & Reuters]

17 thoughts on “Nelson Mandela’s Corpse Arrives Pretoria For Lying In State

  1. your death reminded me of my Grandmother hu died des year in May at the age of 95 years. Rest in Tata uv done enuf for us nd your spirit will always being amongst us

  2. May Jehovah resurrect you when his kingdom shall come. U worth a leader in Gods kingdom if u had known Jehovah in your lifetime.. But who can say, u may find pleasure in his eyes bcos u lived a godly life. Rest in peace till the resurrection morning.

  3. You have done ur best and ur best was good enough. May the almighty God bless ur gentle soul, and rest in peace. u r the best of all. there is power in forgiveness.

  4. Rest in peace Madiba, I even though I didn’t get a chance to see alive and now I couldn’t make it to PTA, I am saying ROBALA KA KGOTSO.

  5. For goodness sake where are the consciences of Nigerian rulers and leaders?

    Can’t they be pricked in their hearts that Mandela was a man of like passion who unders editors persecution fought for his country? While our own leaders fight and throw chairs at one another for monetary values and looting s?
    Shameful. No wonder they weren’t honored at the gathering.

  6. Names of warriors are written on sand, but Heroes names are written on wall, its hard to see you go, though thank God for the Legacy and footprint you have lay down for us to follow. Good Bye Nelson Madiba Mandela R.I.P…..

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