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Tens of thousands line up to see Nelson Mandela's body lying in state on final day

A man holding an image of former South African President Nelson Mandela pays his respects as he passes Mandela's casket, on the third and final day of lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)
December 13, 2013 - 1:11 AM

PRETORIA, South Africa - Tens of thousands of mourners are waiting in line to view the body of South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela which is lying in state for the third and final day in the nation's capital.

The government said some 50,000 people had gathered by 7.30 a.m. (0530 GMT) and an AP journalist said Friday the lines in Pretoria are already several kilometres (miles) long.

As people kept arriving, the government warned it couldn't guarantee that all people currently queuing will be able to file past Mandela's casket until the agreed limit this afternoon.

Mandela died Dec. 5 at age 95. From Pretoria his body will be flown to his rural hometown of Qunu in the south-east of the country for a state funeral service and burial on Sunday.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
The Associated Press

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