Quiet outside Mandela hospital

2013-07-04 12:13

Pretoria - It was quiet on Thursday outside the Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is in a critical but stable condition with a recurring lung infection.

Journalists were milling around the entrance of the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, waiting for visitors to arrive.

Police were stationed at both entrances searching vehicles before they entered.

People walking past the hospital entrance, where the wall has been turned into a shrine for Mandela, stopped to take pictures of the colourful display of cards, flowers, balloons, flags, pictures, and posters.

The shrine, which continues to grow, was started after Mandela was admitted to the hospital on June 8.

Two men stopped to pray in front of a portrait of Mandela.

Maurice Mazwi from Cape Town said he was in Pretoria to visit his brother and decided to come pray for Mandela.

"I have to come here to pray for Madiba," he said.

"I'm praying so God can give us a few more years with him. He helped us to be free."

Before 10am Gauteng community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko arrived, flanked by two metro police officers.

Mazibuko said she was waiting for Premier Nomvula Mokonyane to arrive.

  • Nokuthula Nene - 2013-07-04 12:30

    bUT AS A chuef also he is supposed to lead by example and not expose family issues in public this so sad

  • Louis Dawid Kriel - 2013-07-04 12:52

    All of a sudden its all quiet again. I guess he will be on life support until they decide its over.

      Phillipus Johannes Petrus Kleynhans - 2013-07-04 14:18

      Well I see that they keep him on life support till his birthday. Why?

  • Nadene Campbell - 2013-07-04 13:43

    im convinced he passed away on 26th. why has the family not visited since??

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