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Tens of thousands of mourners, some breaking through police barriers, flocked to South Africa's central government buildings to say a personal goodbye to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela on the final day of his lying in state.
The body of Nelson Mandela has arrived at his ancestral home in the rolling hills of South Africa's Eastern Cape and was greeted by singing, dancing locals ahead of the anti-apartheid leader's state funeral set for the following day.
Nearly 90 leaders from across the world, some of them locked in enmity, are flying to South Africa for memorials to Nelson Mandela that will hail one of humanity's great peacemakers.
South Africans united in mourning for Nelson Mandela yesterday, but some feared the anti-apartheid hero's death could leave their country vulnerable again to the racial and social tensions he did so much to pacify.
Nelson Mandela's death may unite South Africa for a time but a struggle within the African National Congress will follow over who will inherit his legacy, Prof Philip Nel, of the University of Otago, says.
''Thank you,'' most of the messages simply read. Tributes flowed in Dunedin yesterday for a man who changed the world.
With hymns and eulogies, South Africans of all colours and creeds have remembered Nelson Mandela in a day of prayers, holding him up as an example to build a better nation and world.
South Africans united in mourning for Nelson Mandela on Friday, but some feared the anti-apartheid hero's death could leave their country vulnerable again to racial and social tensions that he did so much to pacify.
As the death of Nelson Mandela intensified emotions around the globe yesterday, former All Black coach Laurie Mains shared his impressions of the man he believed had the greatest influence on his life.
There can not have been many world leaders as loved and respected - nor who leave as large a legacy - as Nelson Mandela.
South Africa and the world showered tributes on Nelson Mandela as the anti-apartheid leader turned 95 in hospital and his doctors reported he was "steadily improving" from a six-week lung infection.
Former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is responding to treatment but remains in a critical but stable condition after more than a month in hospital, the office of President Jacob Zuma says.
Mandla Mandela talks to journalists during a news conference in Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola South Africa President Jacob Zuma has denied reports that Nelson Mandela was in a "vegetative state" while confirming that the anti-apartheid icon was in "a critical but stable condition."
US President Barack Obama met the family of South Africa's ailing anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, offering words of comfort and praising the critically ill retired statesman as one of history's greatest figures.
Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter has lambasted foreign media "vultures" for violating her father's privacy as he lies critically ill in hospital, and says the former South African president is still clinging to life.
South Africans have adopted a mood of sombre resignation to the inevitability of saying goodbye to former president Nelson Mandela after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader's condition in hospital deteriorated to critical.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela's condition has deteriorated to "critical", the government says, two weeks after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was admitted to hospital with a lung infection.