For Tata’s sake ...

2013-07-01 16:18

Manibhen Sita, the 88-year-old daughter of Nana Sita; and the “People’s Poet”, Mzwakhe Mbuli, were among those who paid tribute to former president Nelson Mandela at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria today.

Manibhen Sita, whose late father is known for his involvement in the Passive Resistance Campaign of the mid-1940s, shared her memories of the Rivonia Trial.

Sita said during the trial she was there every day to show support for Madiba.

“I was (also) there the day he was released from prison and reminded him I was in at court every day of the trial,” said Sita before paying tribute to Mandela at the “wall of wishes” at the hospital.

Mbuli also paid a visit. Ullilating was heard as he delivered his captivating poems.

“No one can be compared to Madiba. During this time of distress it’s a morale booster to see all these people here. No one is as loved as Mandela,” he said.

He said during his time in prison Madiba visited him and they spent two hours talking.

Mbuli spent six years in prison for a bank robbery and has maintained his innocence.

It was a quiet morning outside the hospital where Mandela is spending his 23rd day.

The stillness was interrupted by a man who calls himself Daniel. He carried a Bible with ANC and Mandela pictures.

He threw bones and preached that if you know of Mandela, you know God.

“Mandela is God, and he will never die,” said Daniel.

His rampage was broken by the singing of the Mamelodi SOS Village Grannies.

Molatudi Zinde said that they needed to come sing for Madiba because we “are what we are today because of Mandela”.

She also weighed in on the Mandela infighting, saying it should stop.

“Mandela’s situation should bring us together and not drive us apart. Can they please stop fighting, for Tata’s sake?”

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