Mandela's body lying in state in South Africa's capital

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Associated Press

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 5:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 7:33 AM

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — 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.

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030-w-35-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent, with Kale Mokwena (KAH'-lay moh-KWAY'-nah), waited and watched the cortege)--The casket of Nelson Mandela has arrived at the seat of government in Pretoria, South Africa for the first of three days in which his remains will lie in state. Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports. ((watch for dating)) (11 Dec 2013)

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031-c-20-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent, with Kale Mokwena, watched the cortege)-"matter of seconds"-Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports the casket of Nelson Mandela is now situated in South Africa's seat of government where he'll lie in state through Friday. ((watch for dating)) (11 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO TH135: 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) (11 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO TH158: People carry pictures of former President Nelson Mandela as they sing and dance outside the Union Buildings grounds in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013. The casket of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, draped in the multi-colored South African flag, arrived Wednesday at the seat of power in the country's capital for public viewing. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) (11 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO TH134: A man with South Africa flags fixed to his head leaves the street after the procession for former South African president Nelson Mandela had passed through the streets of 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/Markus Schreiber) (11 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO TH157: Two South African Navy officers wait to enter the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013, where the body of Nelson Mandela lies in state for three days. Each morning his remains will be transported from the mortuary to the government buildings. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) (11 Dec 2013)

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