Mandela: Business as usual in Qunu

2013-06-24 16:57

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Residents of Qunu in the Eastern Cape went about their business as news of former President Nelson Mandela deteriorating health spread like wild fire today.

Local and international media organisations started arriving in Qunu and some camped outside the elderly statesman’s house in Qunu, along the N2 highway near Mthatha.

Local residents said they did not know much about Mandela’s health except what they hear in the media.

Police manned the gate at Mandela’s house.

Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, did not answer his phone today.

Qunu, 40 kilometres from Mthatha, has been a hive of activity in the past three weeks since Madiba (Mandela’s clan name) was admitted to hospital on Saturday June 8.

He has been treated for a recurring lung infection, which dates back to the days he was incarcerated on Robben Island where he was a political prisoner.

Last week City Press noticed work being done at the location which is alleged to be where the former president would be buried inside the yard of his Qunu home.

Two cars and a truck could be seen at the alleged gravesite and a few people could be seen as well, while a police helicopter hovered over Mandela’s house.

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