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100,000 gather to see Mandela, many turned away

Stream Fox 17 newscasts LIVE starting with Fox 17 This Morning at 5 am and News at 9 pm.PRETORIA, South Africa - Tonight preparations are underway to say the final goodbye to former South African President and civil rights icon Nelson Mandela. As FOX's Greg Palkot shows us, today's final viewing was a tough one for security workers. Tense scenes in the South African capital as police contain throngs of mourners paying their final respects to Nelson Mandela. The government reporting nearly 100,000 people spent hours waiting in line on this final day of the viewing as the world readies for the funeral of the anti-apartheid hero. Hundreds lined the road as Mandela's body was transported to the military hospital in Pretoria. It will spend the night there before being flown to Mthatha Airport on Saturday in advance of Sunday's funeral in Qunu. The South African military has already taken control of the airport, barring civilian flights until after the funeral. Supporters outside the airport gates praising Mandela's life.Media from around the world have set up at the Nelson Mandela Museum in advance of Sunday's funeral. As tribute to his life comes to a conclusion, a family friend says a feeling of acceptance is finally setting in. The King of Mandela's Xhosa tribe paid tribute to the Mandela family saying he shared their grief.The United States will have a delegation at the funeral, but President Barack Obama will not attend.Follow us on Twitter @wztv_fox17 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates.