Mandela's last hour

By Drum Digital
09 December 2013

In his last hour close family had been allowed into his room in twos and threes for a final private moment.

In his last hour close family had been allowed into his room in twos and threes for a final private moment.

Bantu Holomisa, one of the last people to have seen Nelson Mandela in his last hours says he wasn't on life support, he appeared to be sleeping calmly and that it was obvious he was "giving up" in what would be his last struggle.

Holomisa, who has known Mandela since his liberation from prison in 1990, said that he had been called to Mandela's house by the family on Thursday because of Mandela's deteriorating condition.

When he arrived, about 20 Mandela family members were gathered there.

Holomisa said: "I've seen people who are on their last hours and I could sense that he is now giving up."

" I was sad to see that his situation, from the last time I saw him, had deteriorated very badly," the politician said.

Holomisa spent over an hour with Mandela and left the house about 90 minutes before the statesman was declared dead.

- SAPA

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