Thousands of South Africans line up to see Mandela lie in state




 
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Thousands of South Africans line up to see Mandela lie in state
 
December 11th, 2013  
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Thousands of South Africans line up to see Mandela lie in state
By Tiisetso Motsoeneng PRETORIA (Reuters) - Thousands of people lined up on Wednesday to say goodbye to Nelson Mandela, whose body lay in state in Pretoria in the building where the anti-apartheid hero was inaugurated in 1994 as South Africa's first black president. Several people fainted in the stifling heat as South Africans waited their turn to file past Mandela's casket after family members, foreign dignitaries and celebrities paid their respects at the imposing Union Buildings, perched on a hill overlooking the city. By afternoon the summer heat and lack of access to water and toilets caused several people to pass out and tempers to fray as mourners waited in line for their last chance to see the man regarded as the father of democratic South Africa.

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