Prayers, songs for Mandela

2013-06-27 21:17
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - The words "Nelson Mandela, there's no one like him" reverberated through the Pretoria Art Museum during a prayer meeting on Thursday night.

Hundreds of ANC supporters gathered and sang pro-Mandela songs before religious leaders led them in prayer at the venue, a few blocks from the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, where the former president remained critically ill.

Tshwane metro Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa and ANC Gauteng deputy chairperson Gwen Ramokgopa also addressed the crowd.

"We want to demonstrate our unflinching support for both president Nelson Mandela and his family during this difficult time," said Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

He said people gathered in support of Mandela to show they were grateful for the role he had played in uniting the nation.

Gwen Ramokgopa said the prayers were to ensure Mandela was pain-free and comfortable.

"He is the one that advised us that after a great hill that you have climbed you find that there is another hill to climb. So as he's trying to climb that hill of conquering his illness he needs all of us to be with him at this moment," she said.

The presidency's announcement mid-afternoon that Mandela's condition had improved during the night eased the tension brought on by no new information earlier.

According to the presidency's statement: "President Jacob Zuma visited former president Nelson Mandela in hospital in Pretoria today, 27 June, and was informed by the medical team that Madiba's condition has improved during the course of the night.

"He remains critical, but is now stable," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  gwen ramokgopa  |  kgosientso ramokgopa  |  nelson mandela

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