South African police struggled to control angry mourners frustrated by the long queues on Friday (December 13) as the body of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was lying in state in Pretoria for a final day.

Tens of thousands of people made their way to park-and-ride locations and on to the Union Buildings to pay their respects to the man they call the father of the South African nation.

But after hours of waiting and faced with the possibility they would not make it, angry mobs began to try and break through the metal security gates that lead to where Mandela's body can be viewed.

Other mourners were left disappointed when buses that were meant to transport them to the Union Buildings halted operations.

Such was the crush of people wanting to see Mandela's body in the Union Buildings in the capital Pretoria, that the government had asked others to stay away from the park-and-ride facilities set up to take mourners to the area.

The body of South Africa's first black president will be flown on Saturday (December 14) to the Eastern Cape for a funeral on Sunday (December 15) at his ancestral home in Qunu, 700 kilometres (450 miles) south of Johannesburg. Mandela died last week aged 95.

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