Mandela: It's up to God

2013-06-26 00:00

IT was perhaps time that God relieved former president Nelson Mandela from his pain and suffering as he fights for his life in hospital, a senior chief of the AbaThembu nation and ANC MP Nkosi Phatekile Holomisa has said.

Holomisa, who is also the president of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South, said this as he landed at the Mthatha Airport this morning to visit his home in Mqanduli in Eastern Cape.

“If Madiba is no longer enjoying life and is basically on life-support systems and therefore is not appreciative of what is happening, I think the Good Lord should take a decision to put him out of his suffering.”

He said it was up to God to decide whether the elderly statesman would live or die, adding that he did not know if it was in the best interest of Madiba to be kept in the state he is in.

The presidency yesterday said Mandela’s condition was unchanged after announcing on Sunday night that his condition had become critical.

It is not clear if Mandela is on life support.

Holomisa said he had been in communication with some of the Mandela family members who “are in pain”.

“They do wish that a miracle might happen and that he recovers and become his old self, but at the same time they are aware that there is a limit to what miracles you can have,” Holomisa said.

Holomisa said when Madiba dies it would be a painful loss but it was an eventuality that everybody should face.

“He is a pillar of strength, a moral leader who has been able to prevent a number of people who would have been otherwise mischievous … he is the kind of leader we would hope other leaders would emulate,” Holomisa said.

He credited Madiba for creating norms, standards and values that he would like to see people being true to.

Holomisa said Mandela’s leadership and legacy should be emulated by all.

Describing Mandela as a revolutionary, a freedom fighter and a political prisoner, he praised him for not losing his identity along the way.

“He remained true to his roots as a Thembu even though he was a statesman and a revolutionary,” said Holomisa, who is also the chief of the Hegebe clan, which forms part of the AbaThembu nation.

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