More than 20 000 queue to see Mandela

A long line is seen snaking past the Union Buildings in Pretoria, 12 December 2013. Mandela will lie in state for the second day follwing his passing a week ago. 2000 people per hour are expected to pay their last respects. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

More than 20,000 people queued to see former president Nelson Mandela’s body lying in state at the Union Buildings, in Pretoria, the City of Tshwane said on Thursday.

“We have activated three park-and-rides…. So far there are over 20,000 people that have been queuing,” spokesman Selby Bokaba said on the south lawns of the Union Buildings.

“We are trying to ferry as many people as possible.”

He said the number of people was increasing, but that no cut-off had been called yet.

Regarding the park-and-ride at Fountains Valley, Bokaba said the technical glitch had been fixed and buses were moving.

“We managed to resolve the problem and buses were dispatched to Fountain Valley. Some… celebrities were ferried from Fountains Valley,” he said.

Mandela’s body is lying in state at the site where he was inaugurated as the country’s first democratically elected president in 1994.

He died at his home in Johannesburg last Thursday at the age of 95. He will be buried in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on Sunday.


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