Emotional well-wishers at Mandela hospital

2013-06-27 10:59

Pretoria - The Salvation Army showed its support for critically-ill former president Nelson Mandela at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday.

"This is a struggle of an old man who left the a mark for the country; we say to him that God loves him.

Lift up your head and look up to God and don't lose hope," said Salvation Army leader William Langa.

He and the Salvation Army choir, sang and prayed outside the hospital for Mandela's recovery.

Well-wishers of different nationalities also arrived at the hospital to place flowers and messages of hope at a 'wall of wishes', which was fast running out of space.

"We just want to him to get better," Spaniard Lupita Marcos, now living in South Africa, said with tears in her eyes.

On Wednesday, the presidency announced that President Jacob Zuma had cancelled a scheduled trip to Mozambique on Thursday, after visiting Mandela and finding him "still in a critical condition".

Zuma was supposed to attend a Southern African Development Community regional summit.

He left the hospital at 22:15 on Wednesday in a black BMW, escorted by a number of official cars with blue police lights.

Meanwhile, scores of journalists milled around outside the hospital. Several, mainly international broadcasters, were conducting live crossings near the hospital's Celliers Street entrance.

Numerous tents, generators, broadcasting cameras on tripods, and outside broadcast vans have become a feature on the street's pavement since Mandela was admitted for a recurring lung infection on 8 June.

Tshwane metro police officers were parked nearby.

Police and hospital guards continue to man the hospital's entrances, and search cars entering the premises.

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-06-27 11:06

    May his soul rest in peace.

      Miraj Muthina - 2013-06-27 11:10

      Is he dead or w@? Owe!

      Kawasaki1985 - 2013-06-27 11:19

      Great to see South Africans on the street again - All the emotions and acts of kindnesses show what a great nation we are. We do everything in bright colours with song and dance. How gifted Mandela is to have such a beautiful 'good bye', how gifted we are to have had such a great man among us. Farewell sir.

      Bruno Verolini - 2013-06-27 12:53

      In my time of dying, want nobody to mourn All I want for you to do is take my body home Well, well, well, so I can die easy Well, well, well, so I can die easy Jesus, gonna make up my dyin' bed. Meet me, Jesus, meet me. Meet me in the middle of the air If my wings should fail me, Lord. Please meet me with another pair Well, well, well, so I can die easy Well, well, well, so I can die easy Jesus, gonna make up.. somebody, somebody... Jesus gonna make up... Jesus gonna make you my dyin' bed Oh, Saint Peter, at the gates of heaven... Won't you let me in I never did no harm. I never did no wrong Oh, Gabriel, let me blow your horn. Let me blow your horn Oh, I never did, did no harm. I've only been this young once. I never thought I'd do anybody no wrong No, not once. Oh, I did somebody some good. Somebody some good... Oh, did somebody some good. I must have did somebody some good... Oh, I believe I did I see the smiling faces I know I must have left some traces And I see them in the streets And I see them in the field And I hear them shouting under my feet And I know it's got to be real Oh, Lord, deliver me All the wrong I've done You can deliver me, Lord I only wanted to have some fun. Hear the angels marchin', hear the' marchin', hear them marchin', hear them marchin', the' marchin' Oh my Jesus... Oh my Jesus... Oh my Jesus... Oh, don't you make it my dyin', dyin', dyin' bed In My Time of Dying - Lyrics and Song by Led Zeppelin

  • Ntombomzi Mqikela - 2013-06-27 11:12

    let MADIBA rest we are proud him

  • Peter Ndamase - 2013-06-27 11:21

    The media has already written him off!!! Stop speculating and wait for the family to address the nation. If mandela could read all the articles written about him for the past two weeks he will definitely question the integrity of media as well.

  • John Calitz - 2013-06-27 11:41

    The Presidency has nothing to do with the sickness of Madiba the hospital and doctors should from time to time during the day report to the media on his condition not Jacob or Mack or Bantu or the daughters. It is the hospital and physicians that should inform the world.

  • Elsie van Heerden - 2013-06-27 11:41

    kawasaki1985 wonderful statement that u made. so true.

  • Tshidi Siya Maphanga - 2013-06-27 11:44

    Tata, May The Angels Of Thy Most High God Camp Beside Your Bed. May The Blood Of The Lamb Glance And Cover You. May God's Love Serve As A Gown Of Protection Over You. May The Anointing Fall Frsh Upon You. Many Say Be Release And Leave for You Have Done Your Job... But Few, Me Include Say Please Get Well And Walk Tall Again, We Still Need You We Love You Tata

  • Chesné Klaasen - 2013-06-27 11:45

    why are the cars being searched ??? do they think someone is gonna try and steal mandela's body or what?? why dont they just let the man be, why they holding on? and im pretty sure all that police men that are manning that hospital have more than enough crime to fight on out streets..

  • Martie du Plussis - 2013-06-27 11:48

    This grey headed man is our father on earth. Gods hands is over his body and mind. Mandella we love you. To all the fammily so sorry for this illness. We can only pray four our leader. Amen

  • Peter Venter - 2013-06-27 12:05

    Lets earnestly pray that the Lord will soon take Madiba by the hand and lead him to His Father's house, free from pain, tears and sorrow, only peace. And the good Father will say to him, "Well done my good and faithful servant."

  • Peter Venter - 2013-06-27 12:13

    There is an Afrikaans saying (translated) 'Be quite, there is a man passing by.'

      yaya188 - 2013-06-27 14:18

      I know that one, very apt.

  • Mudau Takalani Nelson - 2013-06-27 12:20

    god bless the soul of nelson@he have done enough but let's god take his course

  • Ivan Kgare - 2013-06-27 12:41


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