‘You are a fighter, I know you will make it’

2013-06-14 11:16

Well-wishers this morning left several messages at the main entrance of the Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is spending his seventh day.

Colourful get-well-soon messages were printed on large pages and cards attached to the hospital’s wall next to the security checkpoint.

Some of the messages read: “You are a fighter, I know you will make it. From Mpho Hanson.”

Several rose and heart designs were attached to the message.

A message from Isagoentle Geranyane read: “We need you Tata Madiba”, and a card from Emedi Morule read: “Get well soon, Tata”.

A blue balloon was hanging near the entrance with the message: “Speedy recovery, the legend.”

Mandela was hospitalised in the early hours of Saturday morning with a recurring lung infection. The presidency said he was in a “serious but stable” condition.

President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, visited the ailing icon yesterday.

“Madiba’s health continues to improve but his condition remains serious,” Zuma said in a statement.

“We continue to appeal to people to keep Madiba in their prayers and wish him a speedy recovery.”

Security at the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital remained tight today, with several police officers searching all vehicles entering the facility’s two entrances.

A media scrum of local and international reporters and broadcasters has been stationed outside the hospital since Mandela was admitted.

Passers-by briefly stopped at the entrance to the hospital and read the messages of support.

There were also traces of blue and white candle wax, from a night vigil held at the entrance on Celliers Street.

The elder statesman’s family members have been spotted at the hospital several times over the past six days.

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