Cosatu pays respects to Mandela

2013-07-02 21:17
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

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Pretoria - Gauteng Cosatu officials paid their respects to former president Nelson Mandela at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) provincial chair Phutas Tseki led the group, wearing red union T-shirts, in singing hymns and struggle songs at the hospital.

"We are here to visit our leader, our father, our icon and our president Nelson Mandela. We wish him a speedy recovery," said Tseki.

The group prayed, held hands and sang: "Solidarity forever, for the union makes us strong", then marched down Celliers Street singing liberation songs before dispersing.

Passers-by continued to take pictures of themselves in front of the wall of well-wishes which had been left for Mandela since he was admitted to hospital on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

On Monday, the presidency said the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was still in a critical, but stable condition.

In a statement, President Jacob Zuma thanked everyone who had kept Mandela and his family in their thoughts and prayers.

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