Prayers for Mandela

2012-12-10 14:34

Johannesburg - South Africans united to offer prayers for ailing national icon Nelson Mandela on Monday, who is spending a third day in hospital for undefined tests.

Discussion about the health of the anti-apartheid leader featured prominently in newspapers, church services, social media feeds and conversations across the rainbow nation.

Madiba, as he is affectionately known by South Africans, retains a prominent place in the national psyche, despite leaving office more than a decade ago - a lifetime ago in the quick-moving politics of this born-again nation.

"Nation prays for Madiba" was the front-page headline in the Sowetan daily attempting to capture the zeitgeist of a nation.

"The fact is that when Madiba sneezes, South Africa - and the rest of the world - catches a cold," the paper said in an editorial.

"We love Madiba, we feel every inch of anxiety, stress and pain with the rest of his close and distant family. And like concerned loved ones, we want to know how he is doing."

Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto township, a centre of the struggle against apartheid and where Mandela has a house, said prayers during their Sunday service, according to the New Age.

The country's opposition parties joined the chorus of prayers to wish Mandela well.

"When Mandela is admitted to hospital, all of us get affected because we love and care for him," said DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane.

The Congress of the People expressed the hope that the tests being conducted find Mandela in good health.

But there was also a level of resignation about Mandela's fate - in contrast to the panic of previous health scares - and a sense that Mandela must now be left in peace.

"Dear South Africans, Please let Nelson Mandela go, he is old now and deserves to rest," @ComradeESETHU from Cape Town tweeted.

"Such sensationalism in the media. Yes, I admire Mandela but the man is 94 years old! Whether sick or not, he's not going to live forever," said @SediNtuli from Grahamstown.

The anti-apartheid hero and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was flown from his home village to a hospital in the Pretoria on Saturday.


  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-10 14:41

    MMmmm this is starting to sound more and more like propaganda to try and make people "stand together" or make them forget about the current failings of the cANCer by pointing back in history.

      tammy.ell - 2012-12-10 14:51

      As much as I dislike the ANC, they are not responsible for everything! He is 94 and therefore will go to hospital from time to time. End of story.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-10 14:57

      So let him go to hospital. Do what needs to be done. No need to drum up all the drama.

      philemonmaepa.phatlane - 2012-12-10 15:32

      this is pure racism.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-10 15:38

      Yup Phatlane, you just scored 10 on my MORON-O-METER.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-10 16:13

      And my cock-o-meter has gone right off the scale

  • jbooyse - 2012-12-10 14:45

    Get well soon Madiba.

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-12-10 14:59

    The old man has served his purpose in life, it's okay for him to rest now. We must not fear death, it will be the end of us all!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-10 15:16

      Yeah, luckily life is not a permanent condition.

  • tolo.maano - 2012-12-10 15:24

    Father GOD let your wll b done in JESUS NAME...Amen and amen

      martin.vanstaden.9 - 2012-12-10 21:03

      atheitis, can't you leave religious people alone? Do you like it when an ultra-religious government makes laws forcing their views on you, as an atheist? No, you don't, yet you're going up and down this article attacking religion. "tolo.maano" has a right to religion as you have a right to non-religion, leave us alone.

  • aldrin.campbell - 2012-12-10 15:57

    ' the Pretoria'? Really now News24? #bigfail!

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-10 16:14

    he can still pull trough.....94 is no big deal....look at Mugabe 88 but still a boyfriend......running for presidency.....if SA doctors r failing.....the country must ask Zimbabwe as to were is Mugabe getting medical treatment....

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-10 16:31

    Mugabe has the secret.....Atheitis though he denied he was there 4 treatment....they must ask him....

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-12-10 17:30

    Avoiding Hell as much as possible. Clinging to life but Day of darkness comes to ever man and lingers while he reaches out his hands and he knows not how it will end until he finds out if he has a friend.

  • jj.jeno.1 - 2012-12-10 18:06

    Honestly reading the comments around here everything turns to racism, religious debate or some sort of bigotry...I wish someone would put my lights out (I wouldn't do it myself).

  • billionsof.years - 2012-12-10 18:27

    Who was is that said " Man must die" oh God did. Now everyone is praying to the same God, the one who said "man must die"....the human race sometimes knows less than algae....

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