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Thousands Of South Africans Pay Their Final Respects To Nelson Mandela

The former president's body has been lying in the capital city of Pretoria for the past two days.

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1. The South African government announced that Nelson Mandela's body would lie in state from Wednesday through Friday at the Union Buildings, the government offices in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria.

2. On the first two days, crowds lined the streets of Pretoria to see Mandela's body transported from a military hospital to the amphitheater where he was sworn in as the country's first black president 19 years ago.

11. Many of those waiting in line sang songs from the struggle against apartheid and held hands as they made their way to the Union Buildings.

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