Mandela letters taken to family

2013-07-08 14:47
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory on Monday collected letters and messages of support, which had been delivered these past weeks at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

"We are taking the letters and messages of support to the [Mandela] family, and if there are any contact details the family will respond," said David Sithole, an official of the centre.

He said the family was grateful to those who had left messages and well-wishes for former president Nelson Mandela, who spent his 31st day in the hospital on Monday.

The 94-year-old former president is being treated for a recurring lung infection, and the latest update has described his condition as "critical but stable".

The number of people visiting the message wall at the hospital increased after midday on Monday. Many posed for pictures.

Among them was Mamosa Phantsi, who said being outside the hospital despite not seeing Mandela was an honour.

"He is a great man, we wouldn't be here without him."

She said it would be great for the country if Madiba could reach his 95th birthday.

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.

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