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Candles continue to burn for Mandela

2013-06-26 06:54

Pretoria - Burning candles, bouquets of pink and red flowers, paintings and hundreds of messages at the entrance of a Pretoria hospital on Wednesday urged critically-ill former president Nelson Mandela to soldier on.

Well-wishers have consistently registered support for Mandela in different forms, transforming the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital's security wall into a miniature art gallery.

The celebrated anti-apartheid icon was admitted at the facility in the early hours of 8 June for a recurring lung infection.

The catalogue of presents, get-well-soon cards, mainly handwritten on cardboard, eclipsed the hospital's signpost at the entrance on Celliers Street.

A card attached to a white teddy bear read: "Dearest Madiba. Thank you for everything you have done for our country. You are and will always be a true legend and a grandfather to all. From Alphonso Tania".

Another read: "Tata Madiba, the Lord knows the plans of his children. May you get better, but even if you don't, we will still love you as a nation. [From] Lwandile".

Three candles were burning slowly near the messages. Many balloons, including several from a popular pizza outlet, were tied with ribbon onto bunches of flowers.

Security at the private hospital has been upscaled since Madiba was admitted.

Journalists braving the cold

At 05:00 on Wednesday, several police officers started screening vehicles entering the facility.

Despite the cold, scores of journalists from local and international media houses stayed outside the hospital.

Several broadcast vans still had their engines running. The news crews also set up generators for back-up power.

Tshwane metro police officers parked near journalists on Celliers street. Numerous police patrol cars were also in the area.

Mandela's home in Houghton was quiet on Wednesday morning, with police cars occasionally patrolling the area.

At around 01.10, three cars and one van from the Johannesburg metro police came down 4th Street, and turned into the street where Mandela's house is located.

The van at the back of the patrol switched on its hazard lights, reversed and parked in the street in front of the gate before flashing its headlights.

About eight officers got out of the vehicles and had a discussion in front of the gate for 10 minutes before they all got back into the cars and drove off slowly.

Visitors

Many Mandela family members, politicians, socialites and religious leaders have visited Madiba at the hospital since he was admitted on 8 June.

On Tuesday, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Pumla-Makaziwe Mandela visited the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital, in Arcadia, east of Pretoria.

Mapisa-Nqakula arrived in a black Mercedes-Benz with blue flashing police lights shortly before 19:00.

Minutes earlier Mandela's eldest daughter, Pumla Makaziwe-Mandela, and his granddaughters Tukwini and Ndileka Mandela, arrived at the hospital in a red Range Rover.

Shortly before their arrival, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba left the hospital.

Madiba's step-daughter Jozina Machel was also at the hospital.

Controversial businessman Kenny Kunene arrived at the hospital's Celliers street entrance to place flowers and speak to the media.

After Kunene's visit, more Tshwane metro police officers arrived at the entry point.

They cordoned off Celliers Street where it meets with Park Street.

Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa arrived to check on the police officers and left after a brief discussion with them.

Earlier on Tuesday, the presidency confirmed that Mandela remained in a critical condition.

"[Mandela's] condition remains unchanged in hospital, and doctors continue to do their best to ensure his recovery, wellbeing, and comfort," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Comments
  • LJ Roos - 2013-06-26 07:03

    I just got off WhatsApp with my sister in Canada, she said its huge news over there too, this is quite a global event.

      Kgolane Thulare - 2013-06-26 07:30

      Aparthied is globally recognised.

      DerpyHooves - 2013-06-26 07:38

      @Kgolane Thulare Thank you for constantly reminding us about Apartheid. What would we ever do without people like you shoving it in our face at every opportunity?

      George Webb - 2013-06-26 07:48

      @ Kgulane I fail to understand why people like you always have to bring in apartheid in everything. they are talking about a icon , one who fought against apartheid and not for it , and here you are talking about apartheid. Is this all you can think about. They are talking about our Madiba,s Health and who cares about apartheid. Those times are long gone and we cannot keep on clinching to it. Madiba is not recognised globally because of apartheid but rather because of the struggle for the struggle of democracy and a rainbow nation. He is very ill , he fought for this country and brought changes that nobody else could have done. For me and my family we love Madiba and we wish him recovery. Trust me the day when he passes on many south Africans will cry whether black or white because in that day we will say goodbye to a true icon and father of our nation. Then apartheid and skin colour will have no effect because he has been close to many whites and blacks and the like. When you look through the eyes of Madiba there were no colour restrictions he loved all South Africans and he forgave all. The time when the black nation wanted to rise up when he was voted in as president he was the one that said let us forgive and move on. His legacy will be forever remembered and he remains a true icon and a father , irrespective of his skin colour , to me and my children. We adore him and love him endlessly.

      Phillip J Fry - 2013-06-26 08:06

      People who live in the past stay in the past.

      Bontle Gape - 2013-06-26 08:17

      Kgolane should keep busy by jumping of a bridge stupid

      Antony John - 2013-06-26 08:38

      @ Kgolane Thulare Madiba is a global icon because of his forgiveness and his choice to reconcile, not because of Apartheid. If he had stepped out of prison hellbent on vengeance and ethnic cleansing, he would just have gone down in history as yet another pitiful African tyrant (Idi Amin, Robert Mugabe et al)and wouldn't have been honored the way he is. You would do well to try and emulate this giant amongst men, instead of choosing to remain in "mental slavery" with your racist, hate-filled mind....FREEDOM is a choice. Set YOURSELF free. Now if only the rest of the ANC would see that, instead of remaining in the past...Bad things happen to all people, but only good people get up, dust themselves off and go forward using the opportunities at their disposal to improve their lives, not remain stuck in the past, blaming everything on the past with a victim mentality. Only losers do that. Time for you to choose Kgolane - be a winner and move forward with success or remain a loser and go to your grave a bitter resentful defeated person.

  • Tshola Malep's - 2013-06-26 07:05

    Get well Grand pa!:)

      Tebza Mrembola - 2013-06-26 08:38

      get well for wat

      Bryce Luca Franco Anderson - 2013-06-26 08:58

      Oops... maybe he didnt hear the news, poor dear... LIFE SUPPORT.

  • Sefadi Mpedi Jack - 2013-06-26 07:29

    all mzansi rise 4 madiba an get better tata

  • Naomi Galant - 2013-06-26 07:29

    The Lord be with you Tata

      Chreamz George - 2013-06-26 07:53

      Which lord???. Probably not refering to the ones in UK.

      Bryce Luca Franco Anderson - 2013-06-26 08:59

      Lol... Butt-Hurt religious zealots

  • Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2013-06-26 07:39

    What I have just heard on the news this morning is that the 'elders' are coming up to Pretoria from Qunu to 'assess' Mandela today to decide what to do. This is pathetic! This sounds like they are going to decide whether or not to turn off the machines. It should have been done a week or two ago to let the poor man die in peace. And what do the elders know about his condition? Are they medics?? It should have been left to his next of kin i e his wife to decide instead of prolonging his suffering.

      Simpiwe Mtsweni - 2013-06-26 08:08

      I hope for peace in Our country Tata Rholihlahla Mandela's name must not be in vain

  • Nhlakanipho Gambu - 2013-06-26 07:39

    Madiba is a legend,but i feel like mayb it is time to let him go i mean the man is 94 years old now.I am sure that even in the days when he was fighting for the struggle if you would have told him he would live up until he was 94 he would have been a very happy man to hear that.Even if he could talk now he would tell us to let him go his time has come

  • Oscar Kubayi - 2013-06-26 07:42

    The time has come

  • Goden Godfrey Maluleka - 2013-06-26 07:52

    as much as we need you Tata god also needs you.

      Ben Jooste - 2013-06-26 16:13

      God needs nobody.We need him. In Gods eyes everyone is equal.

  • Marhumbu Ya Vahlave - 2013-06-26 08:02

    Hi ku yimela Vanhu vaka Guwela hinkwavo, i also wish tatana Nelson Mandela a speedy recovery. Hami rhandza swinene, marhumbu ya Vahlave will always love you

  • Chreamz George - 2013-06-26 08:05

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      Aqeelah Khan - 2013-06-26 09:25

      yoh you have time ne hahahahahaha picture perfect of some of these comments. some people shouldn't have access to comment *shaking my head too

  • Denver Sykes - 2013-06-26 08:10

    @Kgolane Thulare...And as soon as Madiba stepped down as our State President,,, all his efforts, hard work, and vision for this country, including what he had already achieved for South Africa at the time, was trampled by those who came after him...to this day. That is not the way to remember the legacy of the great Madiba. How can he go in peace when there is still people who shout "apartheid" round every corner, and who blame everything on apartheid. Madiba is a peace loving man, and he only way this country can honour him now and when he is gone, is to work at making this a true rainbow nation,,, the one Madiba strived for, otherwise he's life and all he endured, would have been in vain. THINK about it!!!!

  • NanaPosh Yanga Bunny Mayinga - 2013-06-26 08:13

    Let it..be according to God's will.

  • ZAR - 2013-06-26 08:15

    Madiba, a true hero, icon, leader and inspiration. you have influenced the lives of so many and will continue doing so in the future. You have left your finger print on the nation and we will be better off because of that.We love you and respect you and thank you for everything that you have done towards making a better future for us all. Hope you have a speedy recovery. ( I also left my msg for you at a the msg website for you www.longlivemandela.com , the msgs there for you were incredible to read ad underlined to me just how great a man you are)

  • Israel - 2013-06-26 08:16

    Surround him with collective love, respect and thanks, dear Madiba

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-26 08:17

    Are they keeping the poor man alive till every last anc official has come to say goodbye? He seems to be getting an awful lot of visitors for a critically ill man in ICU. Must be disturbing when you are so ill!

  • Maberry Maluk'z Vongz - 2013-06-26 08:18

    Something is "fishing". The citizens of mzansi are left in the darkness.. TATA is more than a family-man, he is the father of the nation.I think we also deserve to know what are this meetings (activities) @ madiBa home village is all about. "Mandela you did what you have to DO (even though those who followed you are failing the country and wishes), mybe now it is time for the migthy GOD to award you for what you did for mzansi........

  • Maberry Maluk'z Vongz - 2013-06-26 08:18

    Something is "fishing". The citizens of mzansi are left in the darkness.. TATA is more than a family-man, he is the father of the nation.I think we also deserve to know what are this meetings (activities) @ madiBa home village is all about. "Mandela you did what you have to DO (even though those who followed you are failing the country and wishes), mybe now it is time for the migthy GOD to award you for what you did for mzansi........

  • Maberry Maluk'z Vongz - 2013-06-26 08:18

    Something is "fishing". The citizens of mzansi are left in the darkness.. TATA is more than a family-man, he is the father of the nation.I think we also deserve to know what are this meetings (activities) @ madiBa home village is all about. "Mandela you did what you have to DO (even though those who followed you are failing the country and wishes), mybe now it is time for the migthy GOD to award you for what you did for mzansi........

  • Ncila Wa Manghovo - 2013-06-26 08:19

    Time 2 let him go! RIP!!!

  • reggie.reginald.3110 - 2013-06-26 08:20

    Lets see if the lord hears your prayers for a speedy recovery....its like voting g for the ANC, it makes you a verified idiot. Any bets on his recovery, I'LL GIVE 5000 to 1 !!!

      Denver Sykes - 2013-06-26 08:29

      reggie.reginald 3110.. My my my how cynical a small brain can be!!!Obviously a lack of breeding here..So take your cynical ass and your pea-brain and go jump off a cliff!!! With your lack of intelligence, I stand at awe, regarding the fact that you actually can afford to pay for internet access!! Oh, wait, maybe you using what belongs to another?

      Aqeelah Khan - 2013-06-26 09:30

      I somewhat agree. "a speedy recovery" at his age with his health history is unlikely. How about we all let go of Madiba - and remember him as the great man he is and let's NOT make into a Chuck Norris!! Madiba isn't going to suddenly wake up and start taking over the world!!

  • Frans Nel - 2013-06-26 08:26

    @Kgolane Thulare Mamparas are also globally recognised.

  • Attie Gerber - 2013-06-26 08:33

    it is cruel what madiba's family and doctors are doing by keeping him artificially alive. let the poor man go as he is suffering as he suffered for 27 years in jail. may his soul rest in peace.

  • reggie.reginald.3110 - 2013-06-26 08:36

    That why I live 1 road away from your beloved Madiba, will give my regards, Denver on my way back from old Eds gym to the vultures on the corner of 12th and 4th here in Houghton - this pea brain retired years ago, yes I know you will say beacause of Apartheid but I come from Denmark and go where I please - so hows work today!

      Denver Sykes - 2013-06-26 08:44

      LOL!!! I PAY OTHERS to work reggie...hence me being able to take a bit of time to "talk" to you lol!!!!!You ask How's work today? Well when I checked in a little earlier (by phone) all was wonderful.. as always, everyone is doing their assigned jobs and loving it, so I will be leaving Waterkloof (Pretoria) in case you are that ignorant...to start my day.

  • Tebza Mrembola - 2013-06-26 08:50

    Dear God, please when ever you take Tata away from us, please please please dont leave Zuma behind

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-26 09:21

      You're funny! Let's see what we can do about your wish next year at the elections - its the only way!

  • Claas Madi - 2013-06-26 08:58

    Our lord will hear our prayers for our Grand-pa, Lets wait for him to respond . PSALME 41 V 2-3 "Ongly hope"

  • master.kay.7355 - 2013-06-26 09:00

    Most South African white people are literally stupid...very stupid... Most of them can't hide their excitement over the Man's death forgetting that their worst nightmare is not the dying but the living...

      Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2013-06-26 09:52

      Shut Up

  • master.kay.7355 - 2013-06-26 09:03

    now News24? What's up...!

      Lisa Biermann - 2013-06-26 09:34

      with the hate in your heart, there is a god that sees it... someday your day will come.. god's going to punish all the fools of this world, and all the murderers and hateful people... believe me i am really not a stupid white person.... i have brains, it the ignorance of all the races that just cant live in peace...

  • Lisa Biermann - 2013-06-26 09:22

    mr. mandele you are a great man. and will always be a great man... you have shown most of us how to forgive and not to live in the past.... may your suffering be no more and may our father up in heaven take good care of you when you do leave this world behind... may all who love and adore you see that you where a father to all nations, not just to one color, but to all color's... and kgolane thulare... forget the past and apartheid, that is for fools..we are no longer in the past but the future...

  • Walma Mnisi - 2013-06-26 10:22

    OH WHAT A GIFT. DR ROLIHLAHLA NELSON MANDELA. WE THANK GOD FOR HIM. WISH THE WORLD LEADERS AND ORDINARY PEOPLE CAN LEARN FROM HIS LIFE. MAY THE HAND OF GOD CONTINUE TO SUSTAIN HIM. MAY HE MEET THE SAVING GRACE OF GOD IN HIS BED. I PRAY, AMEN.

  • Vanesse Payn - 2013-06-26 12:33

    For you and your family i pray for peace, calm and understanding - the Lord put you here and the Lord will take you away - when the time is right only He knows.

  • Charmaine Mashapa - 2013-06-26 15:57

    The Madiba legacy shall live on enkosi tata for being a role model we love you!

  • Ntokozo Ngobese - 2013-06-26 16:16

    May the God almighty have mercy on Tata Madiba. He will always have a special place in my heart. Hang in there Tata, only God knows your day and not men.

  • Siyabonga Khumalo - 2013-12-06 07:58

    Tata Nelson Mandela,the world has lost a very good father,u were not jst a father & a greatfather to ur family & kids bt to us all,may ur soul rest in peace we will nva forget u,we have lost a very good person,bt now u're in peace,I thank God almighty for bringin u to us,u really meant a lot to us Tata Nelson Holihlahla Mandela may ur soul rest in peace.

  • Visi Chinappa - 2013-12-10 18:15

    How appropriate "Like A Candle In The Rain" A Special day to celebrate the worlds most loved and respected person ever...

  • Meagin A Van Stavel - 2013-12-10 20:09

    We will miss you and know you have done what you had to do to start changing the world. You are definitely one in billion. You have touched so many lives. Your are the Greatest. Thank you to your family that has shared you with the world. Oh Mighty Allah keep Madiba save. Give strength to each and everyone he has touched and to his family. RIP

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