Mandela to lie in state until service

18:34, Dec 11 2013
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STREET SYMPATHY: Mourners react with song and dance on the street in Soweto where Mandela once lived.
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CANDLE LIGHT: South Africans have been laying tributes to Mandela since his death this month.
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MEMORIAL SERVICE: Former Archbishop of Cape Town and veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu held a mass at Cape Town's Anglican St George's Cathedral for Mandela.
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BIG BANNER: In France, a huge banner featuring Mandela's face was hung from the foreign affairs ministry.
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PARLIAMENT SQUARE: In London, in the shadow of Big Ben, floral tributes were laid at the base of Mandela's statue.
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YOUNG TRIBUTES: A prayer ceremony was held at a school in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.
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CELEBRATION OF A LIFE: People start singing as they arrive for a mass memorial for Nelson Mandela at First National Bank Stadium in Johannesburg.
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CELEBRATION OF A LIFE: The 95,000-seat stadium will host the main ceremony.
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CELEBRATION OF A LIFE: People start singing as they arrive for a mass memorial for Nelson Mandela at First National Bank Stadium in Johannesburg.
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CELEBRATION OF A LIFE: US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are escorted off the tarmac as they arrive in South Africa to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
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LIFE CELEBRATION: A woman in the crowd takes a moment for contemplation.
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LIFE CELEBRATION: Crowds have filled a stadium in Johannesburg to farewell former South African leader Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.
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LIFE CELEBRATION: British Prime Minister David Cameron was among world leaders to attend.
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LIFE CELEBRATION: Young and old came to pay their respects.
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LIFE CELEBRATION: Unusual adornments were worn by some.
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FORMER LEADER: Ex-South African president FW de Klerk takes his seat in the stadium.
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EX-WIFE: Winnie Mandela, ex-wife of Mandela, is seen in this still image from the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation.
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MEMORIAL PRESENCE: Graca Machel, Mandela's widow, was present at the stadium.
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CURRENT LEADER: South African President Jacob Zuma waves as he arrives at the stadium. He was later booed by the crowd.
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A mourner pumps his fist during the Nelson Mandela memorial in Soweto.
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Mourners cover up with umbrellas as US President Barack Obama delivers his eulogy.
Jacob Zuma
Under-fire South African President Jacob Zuma was booed and jeered before his speech.
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An image of Nelson Mandela shows on the big screen as US President Barack Obama speaks.
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Attendees sing and dance at Nelson Mandela's memorial.
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US President Barack Obama delivers his eulogy.
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US President Barack Obama greets Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel.
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The crowds gather at Soccer City stadium for Nelson Mandela's memorial.
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J. Nico Scholten, from Amsterdam, holds up a photo of his meeting with Nelson Mandela.
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A child draped in a South African flag at Soccer City stadium for Nelson Mandela's memorial.
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Elizabeth Alexander was on holiday from Sydney when Mandela died. She walked in the rain to get to the stadium.
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Aucklander Ray Vantrhaar was back home in South Africa for the funeral of his father.
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GLASS COFFIN: Nelson Mandela is lying in state for mourners to pay respects.
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SOMBRE ARRIVAL: Personnel carry the coffin on Nelson Mandela into Union Buildings, Pretoria.
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South Africans wait in line to pay respects to Nelson Mandela's body in Pretoria.
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South Africans wait in line to pay respects to Nelson Mandela's body in Pretoria.
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South Africans wait in line to pay respects to Nelson Mandela's body in Pretoria.
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Thousands of South Africans wait in line to pay respects to Nelson Mandela's body in Pretoria.
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Thousands of South Africans wait in line to pay respects to Nelson Mandela's body in Pretoria.
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Former South African president FW de Klerk walks away with wife Elita after paying respects to Nelson Mandela.
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A flame burns near a portrait of Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu.

After the colour and chaos of Tuesday's national memorial service, the body of Nelson Mandela will lie in state for three days.

World leaders still in South Africa after the service are paying quiet homage to the anti-apartheid icon.

Prime Minister John Key is among them.

Nelson Mandela's coffin in state
GLASS COFFIN: Nelson Mandela is lying in state for mourners to pay respects.

He was to visit the Union Buildings in Pretoria overnight. It is the official seat of government, and was the venue for Mandela's 1994 presidential inauguration.

Locals are expected to form a guard of honour daily as the funeral procession is paraded through the streets from the military hospital mortuary.

The Government has appealed to locals to line the route as the casket, draped in the national flag, passes by at 7am each day. Shops and vendors were expected to close temporarily to accommodate the large numbers of people.

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His body will lie in state, in a huge marquee, until the weekend.

The first few hours of viewing was given over to VIPs - although many leaders were encouraged to leave after the memorial service for security and logistical reasons.

Bill and Hillary Clinton, who were close to the Mandela family, were expected to make the journey to Pretoria.

The dignitaries were being given about three minutes for quiet reflection over the glass-fronted coffin.

Today and tomorrow are for the public, although access is expected to be tightly controlled, with restrictions on cellphones and cameras.

Long lines were expected to form as mourners arrive from daybreak.

Local media reported that a construction crew had worked overnight since Saturday, in the rain, to get the 7.2m-high marquee ready.

On Saturday, Mandela's body will be flown by the military south to the province of Eastern Cape where he grew up.

Again, thousands are expected to line the streets to greet his casket, accompanied by family and elders, once it reaches his home in the remote village of Qunu.

It had been expected the South African flag would be replaced by a traditional Xhosa chief's robe, but elders have chosen to leave the flag in place to reflect the fact that Mandela was the nation's most beloved son.

Ten days of national mourning will culminate on Sunday with a night vigil and a quieter farewell.

Affectionately known by his tribal name, Madiba, Mandela will be buried on Sunday in Qunu.

Rituals will include a family member telling the body of Mandela where he is being moved to, in order to prevent his spirit becoming restless.

His grandchildren will also recite poetry.

The Dominion Post