Thursday, April 24, 2014   

Masses gather for Mandela final farewell
(12-13 17:19)

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered to view the body of South Africa's freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, lying in state for the third and final day in the capital.
The government said some 50,000 people had gathered by 7.30 a.m. local time and an AP journalist said the lines in Pretoria are already several kilometers long.
As people kept arriving, the government warned it could not guarantee that all people currently queuing will be able to file past Mandela's casket until the agreed limit this afternoon.
Mandela died December 5 at age 95. From Pretoria his body will be flown to his rural hometown of Qunu in the south-east of the country for a state funeral service and burial on Sunday.

   
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