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It has been almost a week since Nelson Mandela's passing. For some South Africans, the reality that their beloved former president is no more finally sank in on Wednesday, when they saw his mortal remains at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
The Mandela family, friends, government ministers and the leaders of countries from across the world filed past the body of Nelson Mandela as it lay in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday morning.
Nelson Mandela's body has returned to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where he was sworn in as South Africa's first democratically elected president almost 20 years ago. His body arrived in a glass-sided hearse just before 8am with his coffin draped in the South African flag.
There were mixed emotions among the people who lined the route as the hearse bearing the body of Nelson Mandela travelled in procession from 1 Military Hospital to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday morning.
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