The body of Nelson Mandela has arrived at the Union Buildings in Pretoria where it will lie in state for three days.
His remains were taken in procession from a hospital mortuary to the government buildings.
The people lined the route to form a guard of honour.
The country is observing a series of commemorations leading up to the funeral, which is being held in his home village of Qunu in Eastern Cape Province on Sunday.
Ten of thousands of South Africans joined scores of world leaders for a national memorial services yesterday.
US President Barack Obama who led tributes to the anti apartheid icon said he was a giant of history, describing him as the last great liberator of the twentieth century.
South African President Jabob Zuma who was booed by the crowd said Nelson Mandela was a courageous leader and a fearless freedom fighter.
President Goodluck Jonathan also attended the service.