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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa readied itself for the arrival of a flood of world leaders for the funeral and memorial services for Nelson Mandela as thousands of mourners continued to flock to sites around the country Saturday to pay homage to the freedom struggle icon.
Nelson Mandela's funeral cortege will travel through the streets of the capital Pretoria on three consecutive days, the South African government said Saturday, encouraging people to line the route. "Every morning, when the remains leave the mortuary to the lying in state, those routes will be made public," said government spokesman Neo Momodu. Mandela's remains will lie in state at the Union Buildings -- the official seat of the South African government -- on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.