People united over Mandela – Mfeketo

2013-07-06 09:22

The thought of former president Nelson Mandela being unwell is unsettling, but has united people, parliamentary deputy speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo has said.

“We have seen images of people of all colours and creeds, people from all walks of life, including visitors from other countries, converging at the entrance to the Pretoria (Medi-Clinic) Heart hospital to say their prayers, to lay flowers, to sing, dance, to praise and to shed tears for Madiba,” she said yesterday in a speech prepared for delivery.

“We are here to say a prayer for our father. May God’s peace be upon him.”

She was speaking at Parliament’s prayer service for Mandela at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town.

The anti-apartheid icon was admitted to hospital on June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

On Thursday, the presidency said he was still in a critical, but stable condition.

Mfeketo said Mandela was one of a kind.

“We needed you at the worst of times in our history. We need you now, we need you for eternity. May God grant him (Mandela) His favour and his family strength,” she said.

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