Daily funeral cortege for Nelson Mandela

Photo courtesy BBC
Photo courtesy BBC

A funeral cortege bearing Nelson Mandela’s body will travel through the streets of Pretoria daily on three days before his burial next Sunday, the South African government says.

It said the cortege will leave a morgue on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning to go to the Union Buildings where his body will lie in state.

Mourners are being encouraged to line the route.

His family has expressed gratitude for the support it had received.

Family spokesman Lt Gen Themba Templeton Matanzima said the past two days had not been easy, after losing a “great man, a pillar of the family”.

“But with the support we are receiving from here and beyond, and in due time, all will be well for the family,” said spokesman Lt Gen Themba Templeton Matanzima.

Vigils for the former leader have been continuing across South Africa.

Hundreds of mourners have gathered outside Mr Mandela’s home in Johannesburg’s northern suburb of Houghton where he died, and thousands of flowers and candles have been laid outside.

Mr Mandela died on Thursday evening aged 95. (BBC)

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