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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mourners pay respects to Mandela

A woman poses for a snapshot with a picture of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria where his body lies in state (AP)
A woman poses for a snapshot with a picture of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria where his body lies in state (AP)

For a second day, mourners from around the globe filed past the body of Nelson Mandela as it lay in state in South Africa's capital, Pretoria.

Mr Mandela's coffin is in the amphitheatre at the Union Buildings - the seat of Government - where he was inaugurated as the country's first black and democratically-elected president in 1994.

He died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5 at the age of 95.

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

Friday is the final day of viewing. Mr Mandela will be buried on Sunday in the village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape where he spent his childhood.

AP

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