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Thousands line up to say goodbye to Mandela

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 01:09

Dec. 12 - Thousands queue for a second day in Pretoria to say goodbye to Nelson Mandela. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Thousands of people queued for a second day on Thursday to say goodbye to Nelson Mandela, whose body lies in state in Pretoria in the building where the anti-apartheid hero was inaugurated in 1994 as South Africa's first black president. People lined up at the University of Pretoria sports grounds in the stifling heat to be taken to Union Buildings for their turn to file past Mandela's casket, their last chance to see the man regarded as the father of democratic South Africa. Spirits were high with many dancing and singing songs for the man revered by people of all races in South Africa. "Well when I heard the news on Thursday I was very sad and I went to Tata's house and sang the freedom songs and danced and doing all this and now see everybody in solidarity, and everybody singing is kind of making me feel better and I'm looking forward to go and say my last goodbyes to him," said Dhokozani Ndaba. "I've never met him and he's done so much for this country, just walking past and seeing him I think, I think both of us will just break down, so yes getting closer to the buses is becoming very emotional, people singing behind us, it's absolutely incredible," said Alisha Kaysa. Mandela's death last Thursday at the age of 95 has brought an outpouring of grief and mourning in the country he led as president from 1994 to 1999, as well as celebration and thanksgiving for his life and achievements. Earlier thousands of people lined the streets as the black hearse carrying Mandela's coffin wound its way to the official seat of government from the capital's main military hospital. The flag-draped casket was met by officers representing branches of the military.

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Thousands line up to say goodbye to Mandela

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 01:09