Mandela shrine continues to grow

2013-06-30 21:55

Pretoria - The shrine for former president Nelson Mandela outside Pretoria's Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital continued to grow on Sunday.

The elder statesman is in a critical but stable condition in the hospital since being admitted on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

Small children carrying colourful cards, balloons and flowers on Sunday walked excitedly to the entrance along Celliers Street, where a tribute to Mandela has been formed with flags, posters, cards, balloons, flowers, teddy bears and artwork.

Further down Park Street, cars parked on pavements as parents brought their children and more people came to leave their well wishes.

"We must pray for God to help Madiba," a little girl said as her mother picked her up.

She put down flowers and a card that read "I love you Madiba".

A while later a boy shouted amazed as he pointed to the wall: "Look, all the people love Mandela."

On Sunday afternoon, church groups, choirs and people streamed to the hospital.


A group of about eight bikers came on their motorcycles to drop of cards and a signed T-shirt, but were stopped from entering Celliers Street.

The men and women parked their bikes on Park Street and walked to the hospital's entrance, before leaving they entertained the crowd on Park Street by revving the bikes.

Two different choir groups from Pretoria and surrounding areas gathered at the entrance where they sang a few songs.

The Salvation Army band stood nearby playing church hymns.

Tirsit Gizaw, dressed in a light blue dress, from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church said they came to say a special prayer for Mandela.

"We pray for a long life for him because we love him," she said.

Dressed in white and golden robes, the leaders of the church led the group to the entrance of the hospital.

The group carried crosses and incense. They said their prayers and sang before leaving.

People came to take pictures of them in front of the wall.

A street vendor started selling pictures he took and instantly developed for passers-by outside the hospital.


Cars drove by slowly with people taking pictures of the media outside the hospital.

Scores of journalists continue to congregate near the Celliers entrance, photographing and filming people dropping off cards and flowers.

At the Park Street entrance, journalists were eagerly waiting for visitors to arrive.

Several flags from countries including South Africa, Barbados and Jamaica were put up on the hospital walls, several with Mandela's face on it.

Police have cordoned off Celliers Street to control traffic. Tshwane metro police cars were parked nearby.

Police closed off a section of the pavement next to Park Street and towed cars parked there illegally.

Numerous tents, generators, broadcasting cameras on tripods and outside broadcast vans have become a permanent feature on the pavement at both entrances.

In the street, vendors were selling everything from food to Mandela merchandise.

  • Thushego Mathabatha - 2013-07-01 02:56

    Pete go hug a thorn tree mathir chuud

  • Ronnie Phill Tjie - 2013-07-01 07:23

    peter mpfila n'waku

  • Thabiso Mkoena - 2013-07-01 07:57

    many people wish her 2 be better lyf, he s our man dat gave us lyf and gools. dat man he s a god of de hall world of congranse of anc all de world i luv hm so every day i pray 4 him and me .iam 4rm mpumalanga

      Lynda Miracle Masuku - 2013-07-01 10:52

      I don't blame you for writing this way. More people like you need good education.

      Khomotso Lehumo Chokoe - 2013-07-01 12:29

      Use mother tongue instead

  • Abudie Nkwandah - 2013-07-01 07:58

    madiba is my shiningstar

  • yaya188 - 2013-07-01 08:37

    Its is so unkind to crit people who simply want to pay respects, and the 'out-pourings' of love are wonderful. Mandela was not a saint, but he is a symbol of change for all of us. When Princess Diana died, the symbols there too were awesome. I am so glad that there is such kindness and feelings? left in people, that we dont 'step over bodies' in out haste to get on with our lives. People like Pieter Greef?? tut tut......

  • Joe Mase - 2013-07-01 13:39

    Pieter and Opperman - wat gaan aan? you can't handle the heat?

      Rudolph Opperman - 2013-07-01 14:46

      I don't understand your question! It is not about standing the heat or not, you are the one that claims that Nazis are from Holland, which is not even a country!

      Joe Mase - 2013-07-01 17:43

      @Rudolph - this was my earlier response to your response which apparently were both deleted... @Rudolph - Yebo gogo; I'm a victim of public schooling, it was the trash and different education system which you created for ALL the various black populations in this magnificent country. Perhaps if you use some of your privileged schooling and maybe read a bit slower, you would have understood that I was calling your broer, Pieter a terrorist and a Nazi... this was because your behaviour during pre 1994 was like Nazi and a terrorist. Your description of a terrorist is applicable as it clearly describes your behaviour towards us black oukes during those terrifying days. To set the record straight, I do know that the Nazis came from Germany and 'SA'. I said go back to Holland because Greef and Opperman are not German names... I like that you acknowledged that your god is a 'white' god... you did not dispute this.

      Rudolph Opperman - 2013-07-01 20:18

      Opperman is German a-hole. Btw, I posted after you, and Pieter is not my broer we don't have the same surname. You are just displaying your stupidity again, not knowing something could be blamed on your schooling but there is just nothing that can be blamed for stupidity. You are your own worst enemy, if the ANC would run out of enemies and apartheid to blame they would not be able to drum up support, like yourself. Please think of all the soft targets even your own people that were killed in the name of the struggle, necklacing someone must be a really mercifull thing to do to someone. Tell me that is not terrorism, btw, I never called anyone a terrorist, I gave the meaning, if the shoe fits....

      Joe Mase - 2013-07-03 04:52

      @Herr rudolph - you eat with that same mouth... you are the a-hole... you probably eat from there... is this what your white god teaches you... Let me (with my poor education, that you provided, you Nazi) give you an education... Opperman is both German and Dutch... as much as you would like to claim your 'German' heritage, unfortunately, you, my friend, are from Hol land aka Netherlands (note the space between the word Holland). You would love to be the Aryan race... but not all boere are as white as the germans... take a close look at yourselves... Your description of terrorism is exactly the way you and your 'broederbond' ran South Africa prior to 1994. I think, therefore that it's your bigfoot that fits. I would rather be stupid than be 'box' (ken jy die Afrikaans woord) ...

      Rudolph Opperman - 2013-07-03 12:01

      No education needed, joe mase nut. You know the Afrikaans word. You still think Holland is a country, after I corrected you. Please remember you acknoledged my superior education and mental ability. Do yourself a favour check any website that give information about where people come from and migrated to, you will see we are from Germany. You on the other hand will not find any info on yourself, there were just no one around that could write. Btw stop liking your own comments, you are not fooling anyone. Argument closed.

      Joe Mase - 2013-07-03 14:53

      @Herr Rudolph - Boet I was being sarcastic... about your superior education. I know it's a province of Netherlands... I also know many people dislike being associated with Holland. As far as I'm concerned, you are from Netherlands, from the province called Hol land. You trying very hard to create an identity and some form of culture... yours is still a new nation, it takes at least 500 years to formulate some form of culture, boet, you have a long time to go... hopefully, your nation will survive. You don't know me and therefore cannot assume anything about my history, or are you racially profiling me... ? You make no sense with the following statement... "You on the other hand will not find any info on yourself, there were just no one around that could write." boet, jy is 'n regte box... typically uncivilised... I'm glad you agree with all my comments about you... now argument closed...

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