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Tens of thousands line up to see Nelson Mandela's body lying in state on final day

  • Four year old girl Queen rests in the shade from waiting in line, seen in the reflection, with thousands  of other people to pay respect to South Africa President Nelson Mandela laying in state the third and final day at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Four year old girl Queen rests in the shade from waiting in line, seen in the reflection, with thousands of other people to pay respect to South Africa President Nelson Mandela laying in state the third and final day at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • The casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela is followed by his oldest grandson Mandla Mandela, left, as it is carried to lie in state for the third and final day, for mourners to pay their respects at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

    The casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela is followed by his oldest grandson Mandla Mandela, left, as it is carried to lie in state for the third and final day, for mourners to pay their respects at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man holding an image of former South African President Nelson Mandela pays his respects as he passes Mandela's casket, on the third and final day of lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

    A man holding an image of former South African President Nelson Mandela pays his respects as he passes Mandela's casket, on the third and final day of lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Tens of thousands of mourners are waiting in line to view the body of South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela which is lying in state for the third and final day in the nation's capital.

The government said some 50,000 people had gathered by 7.30 a.m. (0530 GMT) and an AP journalist said Friday the lines in Pretoria are already several kilometers (miles) long.

As people kept arriving, the government warned it couldn't guarantee that all people currently queuing will be able to file past Mandela's casket until the agreed limit this afternoon.

Mandela died Dec. 5 at age 95. From Pretoria his body will be flown to his rural hometown of Qunu in the south-east of the country for a state funeral service and burial on Sunday.