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Draped in South African flag, Nelson Mandela's casket arrives in country's capital for viewing

Defense force personnel and hospital staff salute a procession for former South African president Nelson Mandela as it leaves the military hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The body of Nelson Mandela is being taken in procession to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where it will lie in state for three days. Each morning his remains will be transported from the mortuary to the government buildings. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
December 10, 2013 - 10:26 PM

PRETORIA, South Africa - The casket of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, draped in the multi-colored South African flag, has arrived at the seat of power in the country's capital for public viewing.

Motorcycle-riding police officers escorted the casket Wednesday morning from 1 Military Hospital outside of Pretoria to the Union Buildings. Some Pretoria residents lined the streets to watch the procession go by, singing tributes to Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95.

Mandela's body will lie in state for three days in Pretoria, before being flown to Qunu, his home in the Eastern Cape Province. He will be buried Sunday.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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