Pretoria, December 13, 2013 – South Africans were on Friday warned not to attempt to go to see Nelson Mandela’s body in the capital, Pretoria, unless they were already in the queue.
The anti-apartheid leader’s body lay in state at the Union Buildings, where he was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president in 1994 after being elected leader of the
African National Congress (ANC).
Tens of thousands flocked to the venue to pay their respects in the last three days.
Mr Mandela will be buried at his ancestral home in Qunu in on Sunday. He died on 5 December aged 95.
Today was the last of three days for people to file past the body in Pretoria after which it will be flown to the rural area of the Eastern Cape,formerly Transkei where he grew up.
The ruling ANC has apologised for any offence caused by the sign language interpreter who was hired for the memorial service for Tuesday.
Sign language experts said his gestures did not make any sense. But Thamsanqa Jantji has denied being a fraud, and said he had schizophrenia and panicked on stage when
he began hallucinating.