Mandela's Body Lying in State in South Africa's Capital 12/11/13
December 11, 2013
PRETORIA, South Africa - World leaders have been bowing and praying as they have a final look at Nelson Mandela.
The anti-apartheid icon's body is lying in state at the amphitheater where he was sworn in 19 years ago as South Africa's first black president.
Motorcycle-riding police officers escorted the hearse carrying Mandela's flag-draped casket to the Union Buildings in Pretoria this morning. People lined the streets to watch the procession, singing songs from the struggle against apartheid and calling out farewells to Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.
A military honor guard carried the casket to the viewing area, and four naval officers in white uniforms are keeping watch over the body.
Mandela's grandson Mandla and the country's defense minister led mourners. South African President Jacob Zuma and F.W. de Klerk, the last president of the apartheid era, have been among those paying their respects, as has singer Bono (BAH'-noh) of the band U2.
Mandela's coffin has a glass cover allowing mourners to see Mandela. His body will lie in state for three days.