Mandela lying in state at the Union Buildings

The Union Buildings in Pretoria
The Union Buildings in Pretoria

The body of Nelson Mandela, globally feted as a revolutionary, is lying in state at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, built by the hated Anglo-Boer government of 1910 and designed in a eurocentric, neo-classical style by British architect Sir Herbert Baker.

According to the South African government, Mandela’s remains will lie in state for three days under a glass cover where members of the public will be able to pay their last respects.

“Ordinary South Africans and guests will be given an opportunity to pay their last respects to former president Nelson Mandela,” the Government Communication and Information System said in a statement.

“The City of Tshwane has activated park-and-ride facilities for the public… Mourners are advised that cameras, including cellphones, will not be allowed at the Union Buildings.”

The GCIS said the Mandela family and heads of state will view the body before the public on Wednesday. The public will have the opportunity to view it from midday until 5pm.

On Thursday and Friday, the public will be able to view the body from 8am to 5pm. – praag.org and government press releases