Many young white people are encouraged by their parents to just “move on” with the business of the future, writes Adriaan Basson.
Get all the updates as it happened on Thursday, 27/06/2013, on Nelson Mandela here.
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.
Night vigil for #Madiba underway in Soweto. They're praying for him to be granted many more years @eNCAnews pic.twitter.com/SZjJYEc61d— Cathy Mohlahlana (@CathyMohlahlana) June 27, 2013
Night vigil for #Madiba underway in Soweto. They're praying for him to be granted many more years @eNCAnews pic.twitter.com/SZjJYEc61d
#Mandela ANC prayer service from behind the stage. Zuma looms large from two banners at the front of the truck pic.twitter.com/DOkFpArDBK— Sarah Evans (@SarahPeace6) June 27, 2013
#Mandela ANC prayer service from behind the stage. Zuma looms large from two banners at the front of the truck pic.twitter.com/DOkFpArDBK
Massive crowd gathered at the Pretoria Art Museum now for a #Mandela prayer service. "Tata is like jesus, Amen!" pic.twitter.com/FjZguiTT6V— Sarah Evans (@SarahPeace6) June 27, 2013
Massive crowd gathered at the Pretoria Art Museum now for a #Mandela prayer service. "Tata is like jesus, Amen!" pic.twitter.com/FjZguiTT6V
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.
More people coming to the hospital#Mandela pic.twitter.com/8i9uSguTDA— Ndundu Sithole (@ndundus) June 27, 2013
More people coming to the hospital#Mandela pic.twitter.com/8i9uSguTDA
#Madiba A crowd is gathering outside Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital pic.twitter.com/F1yleHu8Sm— Eyewitness News (@ewnupdates) June 27, 2013
#Madiba A crowd is gathering outside Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital pic.twitter.com/F1yleHu8Sm
17:36 - EWN Reporter tweets: Songs about Mandela & the ANC are being sung at a prayer service in Pretoria.
#sabcnews: #Gauteng ANC gearing up for a night vigil outside Mandela's old Soweto home in #Vilakazi street pic.twitter.com/oWWg4u2HOo— njanjichauke (@njanjichauke) June 27, 2013
#sabcnews: #Gauteng ANC gearing up for a night vigil outside Mandela's old Soweto home in #Vilakazi street pic.twitter.com/oWWg4u2HOo
Aerial #Photo of the crowds that have come to leave flowers, balloons, messages of hope for #Mandela. Lots of singing pic.twitter.com/WJjRYc2wr4— Iga Motylska (@Iga_Motylska) June 27, 2013
Aerial #Photo of the crowds that have come to leave flowers, balloons, messages of hope for #Mandela. Lots of singing pic.twitter.com/WJjRYc2wr4
17:20 - Gauteng ANC is tweeting details about Mandela prayer services in province. Going for it full-on, says Carien du Plessis.
This! #mandela pic.twitter.com/3eQ0WBdezW— Xhanti (@XhantiPayi) June 27, 2013
This! #mandela pic.twitter.com/3eQ0WBdezW
#Madiba Prayers for the former president in Pretoria. GN http://t.co/htrLyQ3mrR— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 27, 2013
#Madiba Prayers for the former president in Pretoria. GN http://t.co/htrLyQ3mrR
#Qunu Journalists take pictures of the beautiful landscape as the sun dips. pic.twitter.com/9PtXgtQkLr— RAHIMA ESSOP (@rahimaessop) June 27, 2013
#Qunu Journalists take pictures of the beautiful landscape as the sun dips. pic.twitter.com/9PtXgtQkLr
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.
ANC supporters arrive by the busload at the hospital where
#Mandela remains critical. Election 2014 the theme pic.twitter.com/TtZl4ryLRt— Debora Patta (@Debora_Patta) June 27, 2013
ANC supporters arrive by the busload at the hospital where
#Mandela remains critical. Election 2014 the theme pic.twitter.com/TtZl4ryLRt
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.
This truck just drove by. Head-first into the crowd. #Madiba pic.twitter.com/U3ykC1CJKm— Sarah Evans (@SarahPeace6) June 27, 2013
This truck just drove by. Head-first into the crowd. #Madiba pic.twitter.com/U3ykC1CJKm
ANC Gauteng printed some leaflets for #Mandela: "Your freedom and mine cannot be separated" RT @moswanetji pic.twitter.com/ugXTwp37wr— carien du plessis (@carienduplessis) June 27, 2013
ANC Gauteng printed some leaflets for #Mandela: "Your freedom and mine cannot be separated" RT @moswanetji pic.twitter.com/ugXTwp37wr
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?
#Mandela The biggest #ANC truck just pulled in. pic.twitter.com/4m8de7FIAS— Mail & Guardian (@MG_Reporter) June 27, 2013
#Mandela The biggest #ANC truck just pulled in. pic.twitter.com/4m8de7FIAS
#Mandela even with the setting sun, crowds continue to gather in front of the hospital. pic.twitter.com/YBLEAl56Tj— Mail & Guardian (@MG_Reporter) June 27, 2013
#Mandela even with the setting sun, crowds continue to gather in front of the hospital. pic.twitter.com/YBLEAl56Tj
15:54 - EWN
#Mprayer Joburg Mayor Parks Tau says South Africa
should reflect on the pitfalls encountered in trying to emulate Mandela's
15:52 - EWN Reporter #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.
#mandela Sky cameraman struggles to get a view of the crowd outside the hospital. Plenty of people here pic.twitter.com/83vmZ1Nc3g— Alex Crawford (@AlexCrawfordSky) June 27, 2013
#mandela Sky cameraman struggles to get a view of the crowd outside the hospital. Plenty of people here pic.twitter.com/83vmZ1Nc3g
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.
Mandela's Garden in pictures.LN pic.twitter.com/tnn8LkTqqC— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 27, 2013
Mandela's Garden in pictures.LN pic.twitter.com/tnn8LkTqqC
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.
RT@MCHammer: I Love You Mr. Mandela !!!!! #Mandela pic.twitter.com/FAXqPqhNoz— Tuma (@elkindiy) June 27, 2013
RT@MCHammer: I Love You Mr. Mandela !!!!! #Mandela pic.twitter.com/FAXqPqhNoz
13:30 - Watch the full SABC interview with Makaziwe Mandela here:
13:28 - SA waits as Mandela's condition worsens
Beautiful "@BelindaMosesSA: Letter to #Madiba stuck on the tree outside his houghton home in JHB. @eNCAnews pic.twitter.com/VaPFfNF1Ry"— Hajra Omarjee (@HajraOmarjee) June 27, 2013
Beautiful "@BelindaMosesSA: Letter to #Madiba stuck on the tree outside his houghton home in JHB. @eNCAnews pic.twitter.com/VaPFfNF1Ry"
Makaziwe Mandela on #sabcnews now with an update on #madiba health pic.twitter.com/MZEes3fXqg— Ronesh Dhawraj (@ronesh) June 27, 2013
Makaziwe Mandela on #sabcnews now with an update on #madiba health pic.twitter.com/MZEes3fXqg
#Madiba the crowd at the hospital continues to grow. BB pic.twitter.com/tw4xdeLr9J— Barry Bateman (@barrybateman) June 27, 2013
#Madiba the crowd at the hospital continues to grow. BB pic.twitter.com/tw4xdeLr9J
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.
95 white balloons released by 95 orphanes from Mamelodi and Soshanguve. Thanking #madiba. LM #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/DuZRZe5HIq— Liela (@LielaMagnus) June 27, 2013
95 white balloons released by 95 orphanes from Mamelodi and Soshanguve. Thanking #madiba. LM #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/DuZRZe5HIq
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.
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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