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Dad brings boy to see Mandela messages

2013-07-08 13:25

Pretoria - Police continued to keep watch outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Monday where former president Nelson Mandela remained in a critical condition.

Some officers were stationed at the hospital's entrance to ensure media could not get in.

Reporters were standing around talking, while some photographers were taking video footage of the growing shrine of messages for Madiba on a wall nearby.

A few people were putting their messages on the wall.

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Pretoria father William Skhosana arrived outside the hospital with his 2-year-old son Lwazi.

He said he wanted to teach his boy about Mandela and what he had done for the country and the world.

"I want my son to know that Madiba was in prison for 27 years and he got us this freedom which we are enjoying today," said Skhosana.

On Monday morning, no one was seen praying or singing outside the hospital as compared to previous days.

No VIP vehicles were seen entering the hospital premises, but some of Mandela's grandchildren arrived to visit.

Monday marks the 94-year-old's 31st day in hospital. Mandela was admitted on 8 June for a recurring lung infection.

Last week, the presidency denied claims that Mandela was in a vegetative state, saying he remained in a critical but stable condition.

 

Comments
  • AlbertBrenner - 2013-07-08 13:47

    A 2-year old can hardly go to the toilette alone by him/herself. Yet now, s/he is portrayed as a marvelous `reciever` of the god-Man`s highly controversial and very complex legacy.

      DeAndre Sosa - 2013-07-08 16:42

      Well Ben 10 is like Mandela of two year old's.

      AlbertBrenner - 2013-07-08 19:20

      Dear Mr Fark. Thank you for the compliment and the kind words of encouragement. ``...to inform people of the past. Amnesia plays funny parts with a lot of bloggers.`` I believe it not so much a question of collective ``amnesia``, but rather a question of the willful re-writting of History. That News24/Naspers is wittingly partaking in this `writing the History of the Present` (Michel Foucault), is most disturbing. Censorship has always been, and will always ,be the greatest enemy of Reason. Yet, the (Hegelian) dialectic will make their hubrism all for nought.

  • truthbetold221 - 2013-07-08 13:47

    Exactly what happens when you camp outside a hospital for 4 weeks hoping someone dies so you can be the first to report it and he doesn't die. You report just anything that will make you feel like you're actually working.

  • Donovan Dunn - 2013-07-08 13:58

    My sone is almost 2...hes trying to figure out if he can squish chicken nuggets and then still eat them off the floor...hardly able to take in the magnitude of what a great politician did...

      MichelleHolman KeithShackle - 2013-07-08 15:54

      My sentiment exactly.

  • Jurgen Rombouts - 2013-07-08 14:04

    My 2 year old would fall asleep if I would teach him about Mandela, would be more of a bed time story !

  • Carling Blacklabel - 2013-07-08 14:06

    gripping stuff this!

  • Hannes Erwee - 2013-07-08 14:07

    ... Come to teach his son the BIG LIE all cANCer supporters believe. The child will one day learn that cANCer is build on lies and corruption and crime and death. Shame poor child.

      Kearney Mpobetse Malesa - 2013-07-08 14:42

      U are a MORON!

      Elliz Edd - 2013-07-08 15:19

      It's your erstwhile apartheid government that created the ANC. So you racists can look back at your history to see how and why the greatest political hero was born. Thanks NP and Verwoerd for Mandela. We appreciate your efforts. Aluta Continua! Amandla! Long live Nelson Mandela!

  • Sudhir Hira - 2013-07-08 14:53

    And how does this article make the news? Seriously? Everyone looks up to Madiba, no need to publish stories like this.

  • Elliz Edd - 2013-07-08 15:27

    It's your erstwhile apartheid government that created the ANC. So you racists can look back at your history to see how and why the greatest political hero was born. Thanks NP and Verwoerd for Mandela. We appreciate your efforts. Aluta Continua! Amandla! Long live Nelson Mandela!

      Gordon Smith - 2013-07-08 15:43

      Very well said Elliz, very well said

  • Erich Goosen - 2013-07-08 15:57

    A very positive but futile gesture. What will a two year old boy remember two decades from today.

  • Flynn Govender - 2013-07-08 19:28

    There are plenty of books and movies about the great man, Nelson Mandela, why don't this father do the right thing and wait a little longer and show his child what Mandela did for Sa

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