Support for Nelson Mandela continues

2013-07-06 14:16

People braved the cold Pretoria weather to wish former president Nelson Mandela a speedy recovery.

A crowd that gathered outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital delivered handmade cards and flowers.

“I wish Tata Mandela a speedy recovery. He is a unifier, he fought against white domination and also against black domination,” Flora Diphoko from Mabopane said today while pasting her card.

Blue Bulls supporter Gibson Muntandare, who was dressed in the club’s distinctive pink kit, rode a motorcycle down Celliers Street, while playing loud music.

“I want Madiba to wake up and get out of this hospital. I want him to rest at home. Get well soon,” he said.

Springbok and Blue Bulls flags were hung on his pink motorcycle and he was wrapped in an African National Congress flag. He clenched his left hand in a fist and held it aloft as he rode.

The ailing former statesman was being treated for a recurring lung infection at the hospital. He was admitted on June 8.

Earlier, businessman Kenny Kunene emerged from the hospital parking bay and took photographs with some of the police at the gate.

“I will be here tomorrow and I will buy from you,” he told a hawker before he drove off.

On Thursday night, the presidency denied claims that Mandela was in a vegetative state.

“We confirm our earlier statement released this (Thursday) afternoon after President Jacob Zuma visited Madiba in hospital that Madiba remains in a critical but stable condition,” said spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

“The doctors deny that the former president is in a vegetative state,” he said.

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