Dad brings boy to see Mandela messages

2013-07-08 13:25
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Weekend prayers for Mandela

As former president Nelson Mandela's hospital stay reaches a month, South Africans offered prayers for his well being. See the pictures.

Pretoria - Police continued to keep watch outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Monday where former president Nelson Mandela remained in a critical condition.

Some officers were stationed at the hospital's entrance to ensure media could not get in.

Reporters were standing around talking, while some photographers were taking video footage of the growing shrine of messages for Madiba on a wall nearby.

A few people were putting their messages on the wall.


Pretoria father William Skhosana arrived outside the hospital with his 2-year-old son Lwazi.

He said he wanted to teach his boy about Mandela and what he had done for the country and the world.

"I want my son to know that Madiba was in prison for 27 years and he got us this freedom which we are enjoying today," said Skhosana.

On Monday morning, no one was seen praying or singing outside the hospital as compared to previous days.

No VIP vehicles were seen entering the hospital premises, but some of Mandela's grandchildren arrived to visit.

Monday marks the 94-year-old's 31st day in hospital. Mandela was admitted on 8 June for a recurring lung infection.

Last week, the presidency denied claims that Mandela was in a vegetative state, saying he remained in a critical but stable condition.


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