More flowers, cards for Mandela

2013-06-18 11:06
Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated. (File, AFP)

Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated. (File, AFP)

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2013-06-18 09:35

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Pretoria - The artistic side of Pretoria residents is on display at the hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is being treated on Tuesday.

Handmade cards in different shapes, an assortment of flowers, balloons, and flags adorn the entrance to the hospital where Mandela is spending his eleventh day.

Some of the cards were designed in the shape of palms. Some cards had small pictures of Mandela and some were decorated with red roses.

Multicoloured balloons and the South African flag were swinging graciously on Tuesday morning, bearing messages wishing Mandela a speedy recovery.

One of the messages read: "Your 27 years in prison really helped not only blacks but all people... Thank you, Tata. My name is Tshepang Moji and I am 11 years old."

Another read: "Dear Madiba, we wish you the best. May God continue blessing you. From Teclar Chipfunde."

A bright, brown sculpture of a head was placed next to the assortment of messages.

Several messages urged the elderly statesman to read the Bible, quoting verses from the Christian doctrine.

Numerous passers-by, mainly women accompanying young children to school, momentarily stopped and read the message.

Mandela, 94, was hospitalised in the early hours of 8 June with a recurring lung infection. The presidency said he was in a "serious but stable" condition.

Security at the hospital had been upscaled, with several police officers screening all vehicles entering the facility.

On Monday, Mandela's wife Graça expressed gratitude for the support "from South Africans, Africans across the continent, and thousands more from across the world... to lighten the burden of anxiety; bringing us love, comfort, and hope".

Several close relatives of the anti-apartheid hero have been visiting him daily.

Mandela's daughters Zenani and Makaziwe and step-daughter Josina Machel were at the hospital on Monday.

Josina, who is the daughter of Graça and the late Samora Machel, former president of Mozambique, arrived at the hospital with another woman.

Unlike members of the Mandela family, her car was searched by police at the entrance.
Several clergymen from the Methodist Church had also arrived.

Family members went to look at the messages of support left at the hospital entrance for the ailing icon.

They took some of the cards and flowers back into the hospital with them.
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