Sombre mood in Mandela's home village

2011-01-27 16:02
Cape Town - In Qunu, Nelson Mandela's home village in Transkei, prayers and hope are being offered for its most famous son.

A member of the Media24 Investigations team is in the village about 20km outside of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape and found a sombre mood shrouding the area following the news of the former president's apparently ailing health on radio and television.

There was an air of anxiety as locals dreaded the thought of hearing the worst news.

Mandela's nephew Lubabalo Sigonya, 37, said: "We are all very concerned right now. Anything could happen at his age. We pray for the best though because he has done so much for us."

But despite the anxiety among many, others were less concerned.

Close relative Nozolile Mtirara, 90, whose late husband grew up with Mandela claimed that Mandela was not in a critical condition and that he only had a problem with his legs.

She claimed to be in regular contact with the Mandela family in Johannesburg.

“There is nothing wrong with him, he just has a problem with his legs and that is why he can’t walk,” she said.

The Mandela family in Johannesburg is keeping in close contact with the village with regular phone calls updating them on Mandela's health status.

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