Dignitaries and celebrities arrived to view the coffin of Nelson Mandela as the lying-in state for the former South African president began at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday (December 11). South African President Jacob Zuma was followed by Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, daughter Zindzi and various other family members and guests as they walked through the grounds of the building.
Tributes have been flowing in for Nelson Mandela, but this one from his dear friend Desmond Tutu, the former archbishop of Cape Town. It was in Tutu's house in Bishopscourt that Mandela had spent his first night as a free man. Tutu was very close to the beloved leader, that he even gave love advice, telling Mandela to marry his last partner, Graca Machel.
In the course of making a two part BBC profile of Nelson Mandela, David Dimbleby spoke to a number of people who knew Mandela well, including his third wife Graca Machel of Mozambique.
On Thursday, a rare public appearance by Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel, who offered an update on the former South African president's condition.
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