Thousands Gather As Nelson Mandela’s Casket Drives Through South Africa [VIDEO/PHOTOS]

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Nelson Mandela’s body has been lain-in-state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.

Hundreds of other dignitaries are lining-up to pay their respects to the iconic South African anti-apartheid campaigner, including his wife Graca Machel and President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe.

Thousands of South Africans lined the streets of Pretoria to pay their respects after Mr Mandela’s body was taken to lie in state.

The coffin was draped in the multi-coloured South African flag as it arrived at the grand setting of the Union Buildings, seat of power in the country’s capital and the place where the former leader was sworn in as president.

Members of the public formed a guard of honour as his coffin passed by fronted by a fleet of police outriders, at the start of what will be three days of mourning in the executive capital.

As the procession passed, mourners sang tributes to the former South African leader, who died last week at the age of 95.

Winnie Mandela, ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, looks down while viewing his coffin as he lies in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria Graca Machel, the widow of former South African President Nelson Mandela, stands at his coffin as he lies in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria cas3 Military outriders escort funeral cortege carrying coffin of former South African President Mandela through street of Pretoria Women chant slogans and dance as the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Mandela leaves the 1 Military Hospital on the outskirts of Pretoria

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