Joburg street blocked for Madiba prayer

2013-07-02 14:08

Johannesburg - A large truck blocked off part of President Street in Johannesburg on Tuesday ahead of a prayer service for ailing former president Nelson Mandela.

The truck, parked near the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters, was decorated with party flags and pictures of Mandela.

It was opened on one side to reveal a stage with a podium and a PA system.

Passers-by stopped to look at the truck, while people in adjacent buildings peered out of windows.

The prayer service was expected to be led by African National Congress chaplain general, Reverend Vukile Mehana.

"This forms part of the ANC's nationwide prayer congregations, where members of the public are invited to offer prayers in support of Madiba, his family, and the medical team attending to him as he enters his fourth week in hospital," the ANC said on Monday.

Mandela was admitted to hospital in Pretoria on 8 June with a recurring lung infection. On Monday, the presidency said his condition remained critical, but stable.

Prayer meetings have been held for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate outside the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital in Pretoria, in his Eastern Cape village of Qunu, and in other provinces.

  • Chreamz George - 2013-07-02 14:16

    Tic-Toc_Tic-Toc__BOOOMM!!!. Goodbye to our misery.

  • Louis Ferreira - 2013-07-02 14:16

    "Joburg street blocked for Madiba prayer" All that the street wanted to do is pray for Madiba?

  • Shiraaz Abbubaker - 2013-07-02 14:20

    If Madiba dies, what will that mean?

      Titus Madiba - 2013-07-02 14:40

      Thought everyone knew Madiba will die. Maybe you should re-phrase your Q.

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-02 14:50

      WHEN he dies we'll have run out of prayers and things to sing.

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-02 15:09

      Blame the West!

      shiraazz - 2013-07-02 15:22

      You are missing the point, I know he is going to die, are the prayers supposed to prevent it or something?

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-07-03 08:02

      God's plans are not our plans, and our plans not God's plans.

  • Neil Alan White - 2013-07-02 14:22

    who they praying to. God or the ancestors. All the ANC are doing is using this to campaign for the upcoming elections. Insensitive fools

  • Darryl Maze - 2013-07-02 14:29

    This is just a cheap way for the ANC to campaign for next years elections. It is absolutely sicking that they are using Madiba's ill health for the campaigning. This ANC has no respect for its former president. I hope this comes back to haunt you ANC and that your ancestors will bring a curse to your party for what you are doing to Madiba

  • Neil Alan White - 2013-07-02 14:30

    imagine the impact if they took the money used to stage these ANC roadshows and do something productive in Madibas honour. That would be something he would want i'm sure

  • Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2013-07-02 14:31

    I think they are just keeping him alive until his birthday.

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-02 14:52

      Wouldn't be surprised if they keep him 'alive' till next year's elections!

      fargone - 2013-07-02 15:50

      Perhaps you are spot-on, Happy birthday ex-Mr President, no cake cutting I'm afraid, you have served our political jockeying and without further adieu, "nurse please pull the plug". Am really horrified at the spectacle government is making of all of this. As usual they are not concerned about the man but rather what points they can score. Apparently, once you have been an ANC president, you are joined at the hip, you will be squeezed and squeezed...even in your deathbed!

  • Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-07-02 14:38

    the anc is kept alive by madiba once he goes the party wont disintergrate but become small part of hounds.

  • GB Garratt - 2013-07-02 14:51

    More grandstanding by the politicians and the preachermen. Mandela is their meal ticker and they don't give a stuff about his secular legacy.

      Stephen Michael - 2013-07-02 15:39

      These DV's today don't make sense. All of a sudden any anti ANC or any anti religious comment immediately gets 50 odd dv's and no uv's. Knowing news24 something fishy is up.

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  • mica.gogome - 2013-07-02 14:57

    What?Is he still alive?Can a normal human being remain unresponsive for the past seven days now?Blockage of the street is equals to the abuse of power by the ruling party.

      Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2013-07-02 16:19

      But how many were 94 years old?

  • Clive Wannenburg - 2013-07-02 15:05

    Why did you delete me? is it because i called the ANC scum for using such a time for elections in stead of paying or last respect? shame on you News 24 shame on you and cANCer.

      DumAss Blackie - 2013-07-02 15:36

      Lots of little pro-ANC BEE/AA 'token interns' at N24 lately... ANC are SCUM for this blatant self-serving exploitation of Mandela..!!!

  • Markus Venter - 2013-07-02 15:06

    Pray to whom and for what? We rape and murder and steal and destroy and demand and abort and abuse our woman, our resources and all that we have. Pray to your god or gods - you are wasting your time, for tomorrow you will turn around and demand, and rape and steal and destroy again. Your Actions show the identity of the god you serve South Africa. Trusting the dead forefather spirits for guidance. You are a laughing stock "religious leaders". You are nothing but devils in disguise

  • Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-02 15:07

    Does this mean that the anc is now a church? With all those communist atheists? Or is it just a run-up to elections?

  • FUZZY - 2013-07-02 15:22

    You cannot rely on your forefathers and serve God.There is only one God and you must rely on Him for your blessings.If Mandela makes it,what then?

      Stephen Michael - 2013-07-02 15:40

      Ooga booga booga

      Stephen Michael - 2013-07-02 16:00

      Here comes satan

  • Rodney Churchyard - 2013-07-02 15:22

    I bet they never got the right authorisation to block road.They will do as they want.

  • fargone - 2013-07-02 15:27

    Politics and Church Hmmm, someone has not done their homework.... In this instance we have a Political party which most certainly is neither a church nor governed by Christian ethics having a prayer meeting, absolutely bizzare, a little like a group of starving bloodthirsty wolves attending a seminar on sheep conservation and snacking on carrot sticks and sipping on vegetable smoothies.

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2013-07-02 15:35

    i think the prayer were nolonger reaching to haven,n they decided to bring trunk to make it faster to haven lol

  • JudithNkwe - 2013-07-02 16:25

    Frankly this is beyond sick and extremely hypocritical

  • Mandla Lukhele - 2013-07-02 16:37

    I cant blive u ppl, u act like u like mandela bt busy using him to support ur own personal hatred with ur statements.....anc is praying for him.....i think everyone must cme together DA, Agang, EFF, ANC and many other political parties...and show support to him as South Africa and show effort to improving our lives. Ths is the man that made everything posible for us....insteat we busy tryng to make political parties to look good....really ppl!!!!!.........if me joining the other party how is dat going to change Madiba's health........

      Markus Venter - 2013-07-02 16:44

      Mandla, we are merely denouncing the false facade presented by the ANC and the associated false gods that the ANC are now turning to as a religious stunt. Why turn to god now if a week ago the forefather spirits were good enough. Laughing in the face of the ANC gods, "religious leaders", me! Add to that the gods served by our nation as a whole and the falsehoods preached.

      Mandla Lukhele - 2013-07-02 20:12

      Markus Madiba is sick in hospital, who care wat the ANC's religion is....we shud be gve support to Madiba in ths difficult tym...pointing fingures and busy swearing at each other wont help build ths shows hw ths country will be so divided in the yrs to cme.....if other polotical parties cn not join hands to support our heroes it shows that they too r selfish as they only want their name to go up......imagin ths....'''IFP or UDM organises a prayer for Madiba and all political parties join hands''' wat wud u say

  • Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-07-03 07:59

    Why party flags?. As far as I know Mandela has been a former president. Why must the ANC politicise everything. Please have some respect.

  • Precious Moraka - 2013-07-04 01:15

    mara dos cockroaches though???? ANC jst wnts 2 sound imprtnt n make ada ppl n cities so subordinate! the dude is in s.syd by cellirs strt...Go thr n pray,jump like da idiots we all knw u r....Cnt u guys b normal 4 once. close jhb strt 4 WAT? go n focus on crus thngs that guy fought 4 e.gEducation n equality 4 all! Geeeeeeeez!

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