Prayer group: Mandela deserves to live

2013-07-03 18:43
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Helen Zille places flowers for Mandela

DA leader Helen Zille visited the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where Nelson Mandela is being treated and placed flowers outside, on behalf of the DA. See the pictures.

Pretoria - Former president Nelson Mandela deserves to live, the president of the St Anthony prayer group said on Wednesday.

"We believe in God. God heals [and] he never says goodbye," Anthony Amachia-Kuecha said after the group prayed for Mandela outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

"We pray to God for him [Mandela] to reach 100 years. He is still young. My grandmother died last year aged 121-years-old."

He said in every situation, no matter how sad, God always provided absolution. The group lit candles and wished Madiba a speedy recovery.

Earlier an Eastern Cape boy beat the morning rush to be the first to wish Mandela well at the hospital.

Unelo Waar of East London said he wanted to see the get-well messages left for Mandela at the hospital.

"I arrived in Pretoria on Tuesday. I am on a holiday and decided this morning to come and see flowers and cards people had left for Mandela. I wish him a speedy recovery."

He took pictures of flowers, cards, and posters bearing messages wishing Mandela well.

"I will present the photograph to my friends in East London as evidence that I read messages left for Tata."

The wall outside the hospital was covered in get-well messages. Passers-by stopped to take pictures of Mandela's poster. Others posed with Mandela's portraits, while some read messages left for him.

Freelance photographer Maxwell Modau of Dobsonville in Soweto said he had been able to make money photographing people outside the hospital since Saturday.

"The money is good. It is better than what I make taking pictures at recreational parks. I take home an average of R300 every day."

He said he saw a business opportunity when he visited the hospital on Saturday.

"People use their cellphones to take pictures but others need someone to photograph them. I had brought my camera and portable printer. I took pictures and printed them immediately," he said.

Mandela was admitted to the hospital for a recurring lung infection on 8 June. He is in a critical but stable condition.
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