Crèche kids sing at Mandela hospital

2013-07-23 11:40
A banner outside the hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

A banner outside the hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Pretoria - A hundred children from crèches in and around Johannesburg sang and prayed for former president Nelson Mandela on Tuesday morning outside the Pretoria hospital where he is being treated.

The SA Early Childhood Development Council arranged buses to shuttle the children from five crèches to the hospital.

Spokesperson Teboho Mohapeloa said some of the crèches were based on the East Rand, in Vosloorus and Kempton Park.

"Our message with the children is: 'Get better, Tata'," he said.

Mabel Godmother Phiri, the principal of one of the crèches, said Mandela was a strong man.

"We are here to pray for Mandela and to say Mandela: 'Please stand up. We need you'."

The children and their teachers sang and dancing outside the hospital. Some of them held placards reading: "Madiba we love you", and "Get well soon".

Mandela was admitted on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

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