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Military officers carry the coffin of Nelson Mandela to the Union Buildings marking the start of a three-day lying in state in Pretoria on Wednesday.

South Africans lined the streets to see Nelson Mandela’s casket draped in a multi-colored South African flag as it was driven through the streets of Pretoria on Wednesday to the seat of government, where the revered peacemaker will lie in state.

Police officers on motorcycle escorted the casket from 1 Military Hospital outside to Pretoria’s Union Buildings, a symbol of the white-dominated government before Mandela came to power. When Mandela took office, he used the building as his offices and the presidency is still located there.

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After a two-hour viewing for relatives and dignitaries, mourners will be allowed to file past the casket — up to 2,000 each hour — to pay their respects to the anti-apartheid icon memorialized as a “giant of history” at Tuesday’s stadium sendoff in Soweto.


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article courtesy of Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News

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