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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A flag-draped casket containing the body of Nelson Mandela arrived with a military honor guard Wednesday in an amphitheater where he was sworn in 19 years ago as South Africa's first black president.
Nelson Mandela's flag-draped casket made a solemn journey through the streets of Pretoria Wednesday, arriving at the seat of South Africa's government where he will lie in state for three days. "I never met Mandela, so this is my only chance and it's important I pay my respects. I'm South African -- I have to be here," said 28-year-old Vaughan Motshwene. Some cheered but many were tearful, aware that Mandela's death on Thursday aged 95, opened a new chapter in South African history.