Boy (7) donates pocket money

2011-01-29 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — “Give this R10 to Mandela,” seven-year-old Michael Cane said yesterday as he handed some of his pocket money to the statesman’s grandson, Mbuso Mandela.

Michael also asked Mbuso to thank his grandfather for coming to his concert at the Willows pre-school in Bordeaux, Johannesburg, two years ago. One of Mandela’s grand-daughters was also in the concert.

Michael, still in his school uniform, met Mbuso on the verge outside Mandela’s Houghton house as the neighbourhood waited for Madiba to return home.

The long wait saw many similar scenes yesterday.

A neighbour served cooldrink in champagne glasses to tired reporters on her front lawn.

The nine-year-old son of another neighbour told reporters how worried he was about Madiba’s health.

“I’m very glad he is back home,” said Muhammad Laher.

Domestic workers and gardeners also came out to see their famous neighbour’s return.

“I was so worried about Madiba, I couldn’t sleep,” said Johanna Moba (52).

And outside Milpark Hospital, a similar spirit reigned. McCauley House, the Catholic school next door whose pupils put up posters wishing Mandela well on Thursday, placed an urn outside, with a sign reading “Free tea and coffee for journalists”.

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