Cope hosts night vigil for Mandela

2012-12-26 12:05

Johannesburg - Members of the Congress of the People in Johannesburg held a night vigil at the Pretoria hospital on Christmas eve to pray for former president Nelson Mandela's speedy recovery, the party said on Wednesday.

The hospital's staff and patients were among those who joined Cope members in the event, said councillor Preddy Mothopeng.

"We prayed, sang both Christmas and revolutionary songs with candles, while we wished him and others [patients] a speedy recovery, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year," said Mothopeng.

President Jacob Zuma said Mandela was "looking much better" and in high spirits on Tuesday.

He said in a statement that he had visited the former statesman to wish him a merry Christmas.

"He was happy to have visitors on this special day and is looking much better. The doctors are happy with the progress that he is making," Zuma said.

"We found him in good spirits. He shouted my clan name, Nxamalala, as I walked into the ward."

'A blessed nation'

Zuma said Mandela's family had been appreciative of the support they had received from the South African public.

"That is what keeps them going at this difficult time," Zuma said.

Mandela spent Christmas Day in hospital in Pretoria, having been flown there from his Eastern Cape home at Qunu on December 8.

He was diagnosed with a lung infection and also underwent gallstone surgery.

His current stay in hospital is his longest since he was freed over two decades ago.

Mothopeng said the party was grateful to the nation and to the international community for being in solidarity with them towards Mandela's speedy recovery.

"South Africa is a blessed nation because of its diversity and a great nation because of leaders such as Tata Madiba," he said.

  • mohlaoliwilliam.khambule - 2012-12-26 12:09

    Get well Madiba.we love you.

      boere.fool - 2012-12-26 13:39


  • osmaseko - 2012-12-26 12:09

    Nothing but a cope campaign using Madiba's name

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-26 12:30

      ausi maseko, COPE members are first South Africans. They are praying for a man who led the fight for the liberation of South Africa and her people, not just ANC thieves.

      Erna - 2012-12-26 13:46

      Jealous that the anc didn't think of it first? Or do they only hold vigils for people like malema?

      popza.nzama - 2012-12-26 14:24

      But Thwala;Mandela is an ANC cadre.Kanti uyisilima yini?

      popza.nzama - 2012-12-26 14:28

      Erna uyazizwa kahle.Yini ube isilima umdala kangaka?

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-12-26 12:14

    Really are hunting 4 votes in a immoral way using this madiba situation as a bait -why don't you go to the nearest church and hold your vigil there -pharisees!

      archie.mooki - 2012-12-26 12:40

      you are a ridiculous transvestite Ape.....blah blah...blah.....

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-26 12:56

      Rasthami lay off the weed dude

      popza.nzama - 2012-12-26 14:33

      COPE leadership is very thin,or non-existent.Why do you mix freedom songs and a prayer for Madiba?Why do disturb people who are serious at work instead of going to church?

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-12-26 17:12

      Archie eish guess it takes 1 to see 1

  • jenny.nel.100 - 2012-12-26 12:14

    Poor old soul, and after a lifetime of sacrifice, he has to watch his country and its people trampled into the dust by the likes of zuma. It must break the old man's heart.

      monica.borrageiro - 2012-12-26 12:30

      True that Jenny. This man fulfilled his purpose on earth and that was to free his people from an oppressive power, and for that he sacrificed 27 years of his youth, yet still came out of jail a smiling, humble, forgiving man with heart for EVERYONE, and until today remains the same. His spirit changed the hearts of millions of people all over the world and God has blessed him with a long happy life. If we ALL learnt by his example, how much more would our country not be blessed.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-26 12:33

      Well stated Jenny. And guess what their response will be if he were to speak out against them? Counter-revolutionary, blah x 1000. I would hold my peace if I were him instead of give fools and opportunity to drag me to their level and into the gutter. atheitis, can you pray to your satan to do something different perhaps?

      madise.paul - 2012-12-26 12:49

      your bitter insensitive knob!

      morgaenart.farto - 2012-12-26 13:08

      atheitis aka gaytheitis is rather proud of his knob! He never misses an opportunity to insult God. It's like he's ashamed of his meaningless existence or degenerate lifeltyle or something.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-12-26 12:23

    What hospital, where is he, where are pictures of him?

      mabeeden - 2012-12-26 12:47

      Its so important to try and keep utmost privacy about his whereabouts and I agree - no photos. Let this dear man have privacy, respect and dignity during this time. If the world knew exactly where he was the press and people would rush there and could seriously compromise the ability of staff to perform their duties for ALL patients. Dear Madiba does not need photos of himself at an advanced and weak state spread over the world.

      Twolips - 2012-12-26 13:44

      Ask a COPE member. They were there.

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-12-26 12:30

    Isnt he for the ANC only?

  • craftrex - 2012-12-26 12:32

    I pray for healing to all pple irregardles of their colour, race or tribe. I wish everyone a speed recovery in Jesus name.

      madise.paul - 2012-12-26 12:42


  • mbambo.shi - 2012-12-26 12:37

    COPE, please PRAY for E-Toll Gantries in Johannesburg to VANISH on our FREE WAYS. In the name of your Almighty, let them in the holy spirit be INSTALLED in Nkandla.

  • mawetu.janda - 2012-12-26 12:43

    Cope hosts night night vigil for nelson.what a desperate vote hunt by Cope!!They even use OLD MAN's pain (sickness) to lure voters.Their action has instead made them a laughing stock.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-26 12:52

      The double-headed womanising thief from Nkandla does the same. Besides, Mandela belongs to the world, not just ANC scum. He was the President of SA too, not just of ans scum

      kholekile.dyala - 2012-12-26 13:06

      What before u comment pls

      Erna - 2012-12-26 13:32

      Janda the only person that is a laughing stock is yourself! I am sure Mandela wouldn't agree with you - he has more compassion and brains.

      siyabonga.p.masinga - 2012-12-26 13:37

      @ Mawetu Pls think before you comment da old man is sick he obvious need our prayers as South Africans! Pls Put Politics aside I'm not a cope member bt I really appreciate what's cope Did!u are total wrong!

      popza.nzama - 2012-12-26 14:43

      UThemba Thwala wake wahlanya.Ningamnaki.Uyena okumele athandazelwe iCOPE.Kambe iCOPE ixuba umthandazo nama freedom songs?

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-27 08:42

      pop.nzama, hamba uyosenga izimbuzi mfanyana

      george.mabena.146 - 2012-12-27 12:13

      Mawetu you sound like the maskandis who know nothing about politics.They go to conferencies to sing praisies of useless leaders.Mandela is not owned by the anc.This is 2012 we can't live in past.

  • moses.m.masilela - 2012-12-26 12:53

    long live Mandela!

  • thabo.manganye - 2012-12-26 12:59

    Hope there is no hidden agenda but if done with a noble heart, even the D.A can do the same I mean after all he is a peoples person hence we now seeing his face every time we open our wallets or visit the atm. I also wish him well but at the same time saying let Gods will prevail

      sonia.swarts - 2012-12-26 13:35

      Thabo, agreed. I think it is possibly the hidden agenda that concerns people. This new Mr. Fix it approach and praying is very suspect to everybody! Praying to God when in need isn't religion it is where people go and what they do right at the end when the realization sets in that only God can still help thus acknowledging Gods almighty! As for the DA understand that they like every other citizen of this country only wants what is best for this country as we do. We don't want all this killing and poverty! We as a nation I am sure would like to be known as the only country in Africa that made it. Living in peace and working for our families. Mandela is a icon no matter how you look at him. We all need to respect that his time is near. We have all walked a million miles to come to this point.

      Livvi Krige - 2012-12-26 14:59

      Well said Thabo. I for one would be heartbroken should Madiba pass on, and thus send special thoughts to this incredible man, but let God's will prevail!!

  • Sphiwe - 2012-12-26 13:01

    No one can change gods decision let the man die whats special about him he'll die either way no one shall live for ever

      nkosi.tsheda - 2012-12-26 13:18

      U are such a coward. Pres Mandela liberated this country 2 give such idiots freedom even 2 insult him. And 4 u 2 wish anyone dead is outright nonsense. He is a fighter he wil survive this uTata. P/s the name of God shall always start wit a capital letter

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-26 13:32


      dubarobert - 2012-12-26 20:05

      obviously you have no brains.You need prayers from COPE but unfortunately Cope doesn't pray for fools.

  • freddie.s.swart - 2012-12-26 13:12

    Atheistes is trying convince 80% of us that there is no God. We will pray for you. ;-)

      Erna - 2012-12-26 13:26

      No need.

      odirile.seemise - 2012-12-26 13:27

      argumentum ad populum, just because many people believe it to be true does not make it so.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-26 13:31

      thanks but no thanks.....

  • freddie.s.swart - 2012-12-26 13:19

    We can ask God and he will say yes, no of later. He is not a bank that we can demand money. He wants to be our friend and that is more than enough for me.

  • nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-26 13:29

    *we prayed, sang both christmas and revolutionary songs with candles....* ........mampara of note....

      Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-26 13:41

      My sentiments exactly!!!! What the hell has Christmas and revolution got in common? What happened to Peace and Goodwill to all? Mamparas!

  • clement.mokone - 2012-12-26 13:35

    Get well our HERO, in our struggle you stood above many. You are a gentleman and our political father. May your enemies be put to shame.

  • eve.hemming - 2012-12-26 13:44

    I pray that a very elderly man, albeit a freedom fighter and a world icon, can be left in peace with his nearest and dearest instead of everyone wanting a piece of him for their own agendas... God be with you Madiba..

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-26 13:51

    Not many people live passed a 100 maybe madiba can be one of them...

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-26 14:14

    People are so cruel to want Nelson to live a longer life. He is man in pain and deserves a peaceful path to the next world. He can make no further contribution to this world.

      khabo.philile - 2012-12-26 23:35

      stewart croucamp your comment is so stupid like you i can not distance it from you dom kop

  • vanessa.louw.908 - 2012-12-26 14:26

    I've seen cheap political tactics but this is low low low, cant wait to see what DA is cooking up..

      Kleurling Man Bushy - 2012-12-26 16:09

      @vanessa....dont worry the DA will be closing more schools like they tried in Cape Town,so much for democracy and education!Maddam Vuvuzilla

      Erna - 2012-12-26 17:43

      Why always think the worst of people?

      vanessa.louw.908 - 2012-12-26 18:02

      @Erna, am not talkin bt people, am talkin bt politicians. Agenda Agenda.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-26 18:03

      Stupit woman do you think Mandela belong to the fgz*aa ANC? Ignorant selfish persone. All over the world people are praying for him. Are they also playing political games? Or are their prayers not welcome by the ANC? Don't think God does not see you!

      vanessa.louw.908 - 2012-12-26 18:07

      @nettie, am talkin bt all the politicians takin this as a PR campaign when sm1 is ill, ps: am not ANC you NP mampara

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-26 18:24

      Vanessa nothing about praying for Mandela is political but about humankindness only you and stupit people see it that way. And I am not NP I have moved on and are only intersted in a political party that will not steal the poor blind.

  • freddie.s.swart - 2012-12-26 14:26

    Are you afraid that God might exits. Maybe that is why you trying to convince people otherwise. Or maybe something happened and now you are angry with God. The old argument if there was a God why are there bad things in the world.

      Xiphayiselani - 2012-12-26 17:25

      God daz exst, nd bad things happens bcs God daznt rule d world it's ruled by d devel, so thats y we wil always witnes bad thngs happening each day if nt min until God cm bk to tk his loyalty

  • Vuyani Vuyo Dlamini - 2012-12-26 14:54

    what i see now is Mandela is suffering and the pain the old man is in is terrible, we all appreciate what he contributed in this world, he did his part. Get well soon old man.

  • samuel.ngenga - 2012-12-26 15:25

    Zuma, Christmas is not indigenous to Africa. Am surprised you wished him merry Christmas. Surely slaughtering a cow or something in the hospital room would have been more appropriate?

  • dbo.kacebisa - 2012-12-26 15:57

    Hawu weSamuweli

  • mervin.kachepa - 2012-12-26 16:25

    Get well soon Madiba

  • bhekani.ngcobo.37 - 2012-12-26 19:23

    Please South Africa, the health of Cde Mandela must not be used for cheap politiking, please I COPE must behave.

  • theo.boshoff.3 - 2012-12-26 19:55

    Cope is Praying for Mr Mandela how wonder full and then "Cope will pray for E-TOLL to vanish on our free ways as they say and beleave credit for Cope's "MANJA"

  • zweli.tom - 2012-12-26 21:37

    And Madiba is discharged from Hospital.

  • truthbetold221 - 2012-12-27 09:44

    Cope needs a prayer

  • sango.jika - 2012-12-27 12:33

    some people here are stupid talking about cheap politics, cope did a right thing praying for MANDELA and others who are in hospital. I don't see why people have to politicise this.

  • nico.uys.90 - 2012-12-29 09:15

    Hoekom mandela so ophemel hy is 'n mense moordenaar en 'n terroris.

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