Mandela’s funeral cortege moves through Pretoria

Nelson Mandela’s funeral cortege wound through the streets of Pretoria on Thursday to the seat of government where it will lie in state for a second straight day.

A hearse carrying the casket of the former statesman — draped in a South African flag and led by a phalanx of motorcycle outriders — rolled out of the city’s 1 Military Hospital toward Union Buildings shortly after 7:00am (0500 GMT).

As on the previous day, South Africans lined the path of the procession.

Mandela will lie in state throughout the day, which has been given over entirely to the general public in order to allow as many as possible to say a final farewell.

A final lying in state will take place on Friday, after which Mandela’s body will be taken to his boyhood home of Qunu in the Eastern Cape for burial on Sunday.

Source: AFP