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Tensions rise as 50,000 bid farewell to Mandela on final day of lying in state

Mourners fell in a stampede as they ran to queue before boarding buses to take them to the Union Buildings. Photo: Reuters/Mujahid Safodien

Around 50,000 people saw Nelson Mandela's body as he laid in state for a third and final day, but tensions rose as other South Africans were denied the chance to say goodbye.

Police barriers were breached by some desperate to see the anti-apartheid hero one last time as government requests for people to avoid joining the overloaded bus queues went unheeded.

ITV News International Correspondent John Irvine reports:

Around 100,000 people are estimated to have visited the former South African president's coffin as it went on display for three days at the Union Buildings in the capital Pretoria, with more than half paying their respects on the final day.

Thousands waited patiently in the midday heat to visit Mr Mandela but confrontations occurred as people were turned away because of overcrowding.

Thousands queued in lines to board buses to see their former president for a final time. Credit: Reuters/Yves Herman

The day ended without further incident as Mr Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95, was transported by police motorcade back to the country's main military hospital for a final night.

His body will be flown to the Eastern Cape province for a funeral on Sunday at his ancestral home in Qunu, approximately 450 miles south of Johannesburg.

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