Mandela updates - Friday, 28/06/2013

2013-06-28 07:14

Get all the updates as it happened on Friday, 28/06/2013, on Nelson Mandela here.

Nelson Mandela (File, AFP)

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Last Updated at 13:25

16:46 - The ANC has said in a statement that prayer services for Madiba will be held at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town at 17:00 on Friday; the Vereeniging Civic Centre in Gauteng at 17:00; the Durban City Hall at 17:00; AFM Church, Madalane Street, Gaeleshwe, Kimberley at 18:00; at the Moses Kotane Municipality, Themba

16:40 - Winnie: We just thank you for your support. We had no idea of the love out there for us in our particular situation.

16:38 - Winnie urged the media not to "cross boundaries" and to "understand sensitivities" when reporting on Mandela's health.

16:38 - Will Obama and Mandela meet? Winnie: "How on earth would I know that?!"

16:35 - Winnie ends address with appeal to media to understand the sensitivity and feelings of the family.

16:33 - Winnie says "from what he was days ago, there has been a huge improvement, but clinically he is still unwell."

16:32 - "I'm not here to answer medical questions. I'm not a doctor."

16:32 - "It is very special for us that you are all here."

16:31  - "If sometimes we sound bitter it is because we are going through a difficult time."

16:31 - "We just want to thank you [the media]." 

16:29 - Winnie Mandela has arrived to speak to the media.

16:16 - "The media are still waiting in Vilakazi Street for Winnie Mandela to speak about Nelson Mandela."


16:05 - CNN's Robyn Curnow observes: Quieter outside the hospital today. Not as much singing. Calm. 

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15:47 - City Press reporter Xolani Mbanjwa tweets: Military Ombudsman Lt-Gen Themba Matanzima has arrived at the hospital.

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15:24 - We’re not campaigning, Mandela is our own - ANC

The ANC has rejected claims that its prayer sessions outside the hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated, is part of its election campaign. Read the full City Press story here.

15:23 - Kathrada says there are ‘101 reasons’ Mandela should live

There are "101 reasons" why Nelson Mandela must live, says struggle hero Ahmed Kathrada who was imprisoned alongside the former president on Robben Island for 26 years. Read the Business Day Live article here.

15:13 - Gary Player: I spent a lot of time with him - he gave me so much love - and he gave everybody else love. A man who was persecuted - went to jail - and came out - and had great love - and he was never militant, tweets Jacaranda Newsteam.

15:09 -  Gary Player says: My thoughts at this time are on our great leader - and great father - President Nelson. God bless him - he will have a special place in heaven. And I love him and I love him from the bottom of my heart, tweets Jacaranda Newsteam.

15:04 - Check out Getaway Magazine's photoblog homage to Madiba: look at some of the amazing things named in his honour. 

14:59 - The BBC's Kate Forbes tweets - Obama on visiting Mandela: `I don't need a photo op and the last thing I want to do is to be in any way obtrusive'.

14:57 - GALLERY: Hundreds of supporters have continued to gather outside the hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated.

14:54 - VIPs continue to arrive for Mandela

14:53 - Obama uncertain about Mandela visit

14:41 - Winnie Mandela is preparing to make a statement concerning Nelson Mandela shortly in Vilakazi Street, Soweto.

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14:03 - EWN reporter tweets: This case [Mandela remains] is shrouded in secrecy, say Mandela family's lawyers. The court order is not for public consumption.

14:01 - Lawyers for Mandla Mandela and members of the Mandela family won't divulge information about the court order to return Mandela family remains to Qunu. They say the order is not for public consumption, tweets EWN reporter.

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13:36 - Free State ANC delegation still singing and dancing in Celliers street, tweets Pretoria Rekord.

13:32 - Mandla ordered to return remains to Qunu

The Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha on Friday ordered Mandla Mandela to return the remains of Nelson Mandea’s children to Qunu.

13:29 - South Africans Await Fresh Word on Mandela as Obama Visit Approaches

"South Africans awaited fresh word on Friday about the fate of Nelson Mandela as a heady blend of rumour and official reports deepened concerns over his health despite an assurance from the president’s office" reports The New York Times.

13:24 - Ace Magashule: I cannot politicise the one we owe. This organisation belongs to him, tweets Karin Labuschagne.

13:22 - Media asked to move cars outside hospital

Pretoria - Reporters were given an hour on Friday morning to remove their cars from the road outside the Park Street entrance to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, where former president Nelson Mandela is critically ill.

13:08 - Court has ordered Mandla Mandela to return family remains to Qunu, according to eNCA.

13:02 -  Mthembu: All of us have not been to Madiba's ward for very good reason. We want Madiba to get better! That's why we've stayed away from his ward. We have been here. Members in their colorful t-shirts, tweets Karin Labuschagne.

13:00 - Mthembu: Only leaders who've been to see Madiba - President, ANC Deputy President ,ANC Treasurer General, tweets Karin Labuschagne.

12:57 - ANC's Jackson Mthembu: I've not been to see Madiba and I know there are many leaders of ANC who've not been to see him, tweets Karin Labuschagne.

12:48 - Pretoria Rekord tweets that Ace Magashule said he met with family, but didn't see Madiba.

12:46 - Free State premier Ace Magashule says Madiba's family says he is "doing well", tweets Liela Magnus.

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12:29 - City Press journalist Biénne Huisman tweets: Cape Town public vigil for Madiba at St George's Cathedral from 5 to 6pm today.

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12:24 - "City Parks is also offloading hundreds of green and white rocks for people to write messages of support on. These rocks are being added to the ones already in the flowerbeds. Parks spokesperson expected within the hour. Three City Power trucks which checked wires outside Mandela's house also pulling out now," says City Press reporter Charl du Plessis.

12:23 - ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu and Ace Magashule seen inside,expecting for them to chat to media, says Karin Labuschagne.  

12:13 - Mandla Mandela facing urgent interdict

Sixteen applicants on Friday launched an urgent interdict in the Eastern Cape High Court against Mandla Mandela, the Eastern Cape premier, and the health MEC.

12:12 -  Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi leaves the Heart Hospital after visiting Madiba, says Liezl Thom.

12:01 - The Mandela matter is being heard in chambers because Nelson Mandela's true condition will be revealed, tweets The Herald PE.

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11:51 - Mandela on life-support: the final chapter

For whatever reasons we revere Mandela, it’s difficult to say goodbye, even as we accept that his death comes after a life so well lived, writes Joanne Hichens.

11:50 - An open letter to Nelson Mandela

"I would like to see you make enough of a recovery to flirt with a nurse, shout at a doctor, condemn the ANC for tolerating incompetence and fostering corruption, and send the journalists sloping back to their lairs thinking it’s another false alarm. Then, quite unexpectedly, you go off to heaven to organise an armed uprising against the tyranny of God," writes Pambazuka News reporter Ben Trovato.

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11:23 - City Press tweets: BREAKING: Mandela family members bring urgent interdict against Mandla Mandela to force moving of family remains from Mvezo to Qunu.

11:20 - There is a small town in Lazio, Italy, named after Nelson Mandela. Mandela town has a population of about 900, tweets international relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

11:18 - GALLERY: Cape Town expo honours Mandela

10:55 - Jacaranda FM tweets: Free State Premier Ace Magashule: "[We are] visiting [Mandela's hospital] because we want to say to the Mandela family we are with you - Mandela is part of us."

Magashule: "We will be ordinary South Africans visiting. We will join the ordinary South Africans there."

Magashule: "We will not see Mandela personally because we need to give this time to the family."

10:47 - Blog post: A message to the boys on Nelson Mandela, South Africa's history & love.

Boys this is going to be really difficult for you to understand and I hope that you read this without judgement and with an open mind...

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10:37 - The popular Fete de la Musique in Melville, Johannesburg, sponsored by Alliance Francaise, has been cancelled "due to the serious condition of Nelson Mandela", tweets UK Telegraph correspondent Aislinn Laing.

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10:25 - Several members of the Mandela family were just seen entering the Heart Hospital, tweets Jacaranda FM's Karin Labuschagne.

10:22 - Hope still flickers for Mandela

Candles of hope are flickering outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria for former president Nelson Mandela.

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9:34 - Small crowd of children singing: "we love you tata #Madiba " in front of tribute wall on Friday, tweets Pretoria Rekord.

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8:51 - Mandela wanted a Qunu burial

Nelson Mandela made it clear nearly 20 years ago that he wanted to be buried in Qunu, and he wanted to keep things simple.

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8:26 - Daily and Sunday Telegraph journalist Aislinn Laing tweets: Nelson Mandela keeping us guessing to the end, Barack Obama flying in and Oscar Pistorius returning the running track. Busy day in SA!

8:23 - Free State Premier, Ace Magashule expected to visit Madiba in hospital this morning, says Volksblad reporter @WitbooiReggie

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7:54 - Mandela and his people: The agony of letting go

As Nelson Mandela clings to life at a Pretoria hospital, the nation he sculptured out of the ruins of Apartheid is holding vigil, trying to come to terms with saying goodbye and at the same time hanging on to hope for a miracle. In what seems to be his final days, South Africa looks on, captivated and anxious, willing him to feel the deep emotion sweeping across the country. Madiba has lingered, perhaps to help us come to terms with his passing or perhaps because he not yet ready to leave us. Behind the morbid hospital watch, the choir festival at the gates and the bickering over who he belongs to politically, is the story of an extraordinary love between a man and his people, writes the Daily Maverick's Ranjeni Munusamy.

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7:24 - "Candles are lit outside the Heart hospital in Pretoria where Madiba is being treated."

7:20 -  "Nelson Mandela has a genius for saying goodbye, honed, perhaps, by a life of leave-taking – of underground work and flight from the apartheid police, of arrest, imprisonment and rare, brief, visits", says Nic Dawes in his Mail & Guardian column.

7:13 - Flowers, pot plants and cards sprawled across the lawn outside Mandela's Houghton home from visitors yesterday, tweets EWN Reporter.

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