Despite the profound sense of sadness that has fallen over South Africa with the passing of their former president Nelson Mandela, mourners said it was also a time to celebrate the achievements of the anti-apartheid leader who emerged from prison to become South Africa's first black president.
Mandela's body was moved early this morning from Johannesburg to Pretoria's One Military Hospital. Mandela's coffin was draped in South Africa's flag. The black SUV-type vehicle containing Mandela's coffin was escorted by the military.
There will now be 12 days of national mourning throughout the country during which time Mandela's body will lie in state in the capitol of Pretoria so that South Africans can pay their final respects. He will then be taken to his ancestral village of Qunu where he'll be buried alongside three of his children who are deceased.
Meanwhile, Nelson Mandela's eldest grandson said his family has been overwhelmed by the globalRead More »from Nelson Mandela Mourners Outside Home Celebrate His Life