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Mourners Continue Streaming to Mandela Viewing

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Mourners are continuing to pay their last respects to late South African president Nelson Mandela, as his body lies in state for a second day in Pretoria.

Long lines of military personnel saluted Mandela on Thursday as they filed past either side of his glass-covered casket.

Since Wednesday, thousands of people have visited the amphitheater of the Union Buildings, South Africa's official seat of government, to view the anti-apartheid icon's body.

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The public will be allowed to pay their respects there through Friday. Mandela's burial takes place Sunday, in his childhood hometown of Qunu.

Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, current South African President Jacob Zuma, and former leaders Thabo Mbeki and F.W. de Klerk were among those who filed past the casket on Wednesday.

The viewing site is the same place where Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first black president in 1994, after being imprisoned for 27 years for his role in the struggle against white minority rule.

On Tuesday, more than 60,000 people turned out to honor Mandela at a memorial service in Johannesburg.

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