Mandela updates - Thursday, 27/06/2013

2013-06-27 12:36

Get all the updates as it happened on Thursday, 27/06/2013, on Nelson Mandela here.

Nelson Mandela (File, AFP)

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18:50 - Speaker says it's no accident that the ANC of today is led by the scriptures, says Sarah Evans

18:48 - Sarah Evans: Speaker on stage now speaking about the ANC relationship with the church. 'ANC was born in a church in Bloem', crowd cheers.

18:44 - I don't believe you can ever divorce #Madiba from the ANC. He lived the party. But to campaign outside his hospital is tacky at best, thinks Alex Eliseev.

18:42 - Some 'relief' on Mandela's condition

As millions keep a watchful eye on former president Nelson Mandela as he receives treatment at the Medic-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, his latest medical report has brought some relief.

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18:13 - More ANC members descending on the hospital. Starting to feel like a political rally. President Zuma's photo on t-shirts which say 'Vote ANC', tweets CNN correspondent Robyn Curnow.

18:08 - ANC supporter outside Madiba's hospital says: "We are here to pray for Mandela but also to pray for the nation to vote ANC in 2014" - Sarah Evans.

18:06 - UN honours Mandela as an Aids campaigner.

The head of the UN's Aids prevention agency has hailed Nelson Mandela, who was fighting for his life in hospital, for his role in breaking the silence and shame surrounding the deadly disease.

18:03 - Street outside Mandela's hospital slowly emptying. Talk of an all night vigil/prayer service, but supporters tell us they aren't sure, says Sarah Evans.

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17:36 - EWN Reporter tweets: Songs about Mandela & the ANC are being sung at a prayer service in Pretoria. 

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17:20 - Gauteng ANC is tweeting details about Mandela prayer services in province. Going for it full-on, says Carien du Plessis

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17:10 - The ANC bussing in hundreds more supporters outside Mandela's hospital. Politics following him to the very end, says the BBC's Andrew Harding.

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17:06 - Two more buses have arrived. Street outside Madiba hospital is very, very crowded, tweets Sarah Evans.

17:00 - Police battle to keep Mandela hospital entrance clear as ANC supporters march up and down. More have arrived, tweets Sarah Evans.

16:56 - More than 20 busses, filed with ANC-flag-waving people, at now neat the hospital for prayer for Mandela, tweets Xolani Mbanjwa.

16:50 - Some of the people getting off the busses [outside Madiba's hospital] say they're from ANC branches across Gauteng, tweets EWN reporter.

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16:33 - ANC t-shirts say, "There's no born-free without a liberator. Vote ANC 2014" Lots of singing outside the hospital, tweets journalist Sarah Evans.

16:29 - City Press's Adriaan Basson tweets: ANC reportedly electioneering at Madiba's hospital, handing out t-shirts from big ANC branded truck with Zuma's face on it.

16:25 - MvelaseP tweets: Who would've thought that the President of America coming to South Africa would only be news item #2?

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15:54 - EWN Reporter 

#Mprayer Joburg Mayor Parks Tau says South Africa should reflect on the pitfalls encountered in trying to emulate Mandela's legacy.LN

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#Mprayer Bishop Phaswane says South Africans must be united by Mandela's legacy. He says "the sanctity of human life is in God's hands."LN

15:35 - Mandela is a hero for the world - Obama

15:28 - Journalists pour into Qunu

Journalists from around the world are pouring into Qunu in the Eastern Cape as concerns mount about former president Nelson Mandela's health.

14:45 - ANC: Rumours demonstrate insensitivity by those who continue to repeat them to Madiba, family, all people of South Africa and the world who love Mandela.

14:44 - The presidency's website appears to have crashed following the release of a statement saying that Mandela's health had improved.

14:43 - ANC: ANC is disturbed by consistent rumours being peddled in the media and elsewhere around the state of health of Mandela.

14:41 - And seconds after the presidency statement, the ANC releases a statement on prayer meetings for Mandela. Also disturbed by rumours, tweets Carien du Plessis

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14:38 - The presidency says it is disturbed by the rumours that are being spread about former President Mandela’s health. We appeal for respect for the privacy and dignity of the former president.

14:29 - Graca Machel has been spotted leaving the hospital, says Barry Bateman.

14:25 - The presidency says Madiba's condition has improved during the course of the night. He remains critical but stable. Zuma: He is much better today [Thursday] than he was when I saw him last night. The medical team continues to do a sterling job.

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14:16 - Mail & Guardian article - Obama: My thoughts are with Madiba

US President Barack Obama has lauded Mandela's legacy, saying his thoughts and prayers are with the former president, his family and South Africans, the M&G reports.

Obama is due to fly into South Africa on Friday.

13:55 - Sharp upswing in activity here for the first time. Steady stream of public with flowers and messages of support, tweets City Press's Charl du Plessis.

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13:32 - President Zuma and Madiba's daughter Makaziwe have left the hospital, tweets EWN's Barry Bateman.

13:30 - Watch the full SABC interview with Makaziwe Mandela here:

13:28 - SA waits as Mandela's condition worsens 

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13:15 - Makaziwe Mandela: Tata, out of his own mouth, has said I am a lawyer and a dedicated member of the ANC.

13:13 - Makaziwe Mandela: Respect what the president is offering [in terms of news about Nelson Mandela].

13:09 - Makaziwe Mandela: UK govt was not giving gory details on day to day basis on Margaret Thatcher's illness. Not with Ronald Reagan either.

13:08 - Makaziwe Mandela [speaking to SABC News]: It has gone overboard. [Media] violates all boundaries. They don't want to listen.

13:08 - Makaziwe Mandela: There is a racist element with a lot of the foreign media.

13:05 - Makaziwe Mandela says Nelson Mandela responding to touch and this gives the family hope.

13:04 - Makaziwe Mandela [speaking to SABC News]: He doesn't look good.

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12:46 - Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and President Zuma both believed to be inside the hospital right now, tweets JacarandaFM's Karin Labuschagne

12:41 - Makaziwe Mandela on foreign journalists: Is it just because we’re an African country, that they feel they don’t have to respect this. Crass.

12:40 - Makaziwe Mandela has told SABC News: Part of him should be respected, not everything of him should be out in the public. 

12:33 - Mandela's daughter: Anything is imminent

12:32 - A large convoy has arrived at the hospital - it appears President Jacob Zuma is here, tweets EWN's Barry Bateman.

11:09 - Mandela's grandchildren have stepped outside the hospital. Not sure if they will address media, tweets CNN correspondent Nkepile Mabuse.

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11:06 - Mandela family members have been urgently summoned to the Pretoria hospital where Madiba is being treated and told to get here quickly, tweets Debora Patta.

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