Activity picks up at Mandela hospital

2013-06-25 11:32
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Ailing former president Nelson Mandela is consistently making international headlines as people around the world show concern about his health. See some of those headlines here.

Pretoria - Activity at the Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition picked up on Tuesday morning after a quiet night.

Cars with military registration plates entered the gates, of the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, which were being manned by police and hospital security staff.

A wall at the Celliers Street entrance was adorned with pink and red flowers, balloons, and get-well cards. The wall has been turned into a miniature art gallery since the celebrated anti-apartheid icon was admitted to the hospital on 8 June.

Pedestrians stopped to look at the mostly hand-made cards and read the messages in them.

Local and international journalists continued their vigil outside the hospital.

It was announced on Sunday that the 94-year-old former president's condition had deteriorated and was now critical.

This followed a visit by President Jacob Zuma and African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Bizos staying away

Addressing a briefing in Johannesburg on Monday, Zuma said Mandela's condition had not changed, and that his doctors were doing everything possible to ensure his well-being and comfort.

Mandela has been visited every day by relatives, politicians, and government officials.

Among his visitors on Monday were his daughter Makaziwe Mandela, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Defence and Military Veterans' Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and UDM leader Bantu Holomisa.

It was reported on Tuesday that Mandela's long-time friend George Bizos, SC, had refrained from visiting him in hospital.

The Star reported that he received a phone call from Mandela's wife Graça Machel on Saturday.

"She told me that he was not very good, and I accept that," he told the newspaper.

"I have respected the doctor's wishes of not allowing in too many visitors," he said.

"None of us are immortal. We must let him live as long as possible."

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