South Africa cries for Mandela

Photos of patient people gathered in long snaking lines outside voting stations defined the image of the 1994 elections that made Nelson Mandela South Africa’s first democratic president. Almost 20 years later, the people still patiently queue for Mandela – and, today, cry.

From Wednesday to Friday this week, Madiba lay in state at the Union Buildings, South Africa’s seat of government in Pretoria. Any person, South African or not, was free to respectfully view Mandela for the last time, before he was returned to Qunu, his home village, for burial on Sunday.