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Madiba - the heart of South Africa: Nelson Mandela's body lying in state in Pretoria

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  • PRETORIA, South Africa (WUSA9) - WUSA9 Anchor Derek McGinty will be covering all the developments and events in South Africa all week long, after the passing of one of the world's greatest peace-makers, Nelson Mandela.

    Our coverage is called "Madiba, the heart of South Africa."

    Early Wednesday Morning (Eastern Time), Derek is in Pretoria where he says it's a beautiful spring day in stark contrast to the cool, rainy conditions that thousands faced Tuesday as they went to the stadium to say goodbye to Nelson Mandela at the big memorial service.

    Outside the union building where Mandela's body lies in state there's a steady stream of people walking down the hill headed to buses that will take them around to the front part of the building. They will be allowed to enter and actually walk through to see the body of Mandela and pay their respects.

    A few hours ago the body was transported through the city streets as it will be again at the end as it goes back to a military building and then again Thursday morning as it comes back here three days lying in state. Some people had complained the body moved too quickly and they didn't get a chance to see it. Some of the officers explained, "listen, if we slowed down, it would be surrounded by all the people." It would never get here so they had to move the body quickly.

    WUSA9 and WXIA (our news partners in Atlanta) will have continuing coverage from South Africa all week, until Mandela's funeral wraps up on Saturday.

    Click here for more Nelson Mandela news on WUSA9: www.wusa9.com/nelsonmandela

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