Royal visit to Mandela

2013-07-17 14:06
(File: AFP)

(File: AFP)

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Pretoria - An AbaThembu royal council representative paid a brief visit to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Wednesday where ailing former president Nelson Mandela is still being treated.

Nkosi Vulukhanyo Fadana, a spokesperson for the royal house, urged South Africans to do their bit on Mandela Day on Thursday.

Fadana was en route to the Eastern Cape for celebrations in Mvezo and its surrounding areas, and to report to King Buyelekhaya Dalinyebo on Mandela's condition.

"I spoke to Ndileka, Makaziwe and Mam' Graça, and Mandela is still alive and in a stable condition."

He said members of the Mandela family were preparing for a gathering at the hospital for the anti-apartheid icon's 95th birthday on Thursday.

"Makaziwe said there will be a lunch here with family and others tomorrow."

Mandela's daughter Makaziwe Mandela, his wife Graça Machel and grand-daughter Ndileka Mandela were at the private facility for their regular visit on Wednesday.

Activity outside the hospital was subdued, with fewer passers-by stopping by a wall of well-wishes to leave messages and pose for pictures.

Tshwane metro police cordoned-off Celliers Street, restricting traffic to residents, hospital visitors and media vehicles.

Police at both entry points searched cars entering the premises.

Outside broadcast vehicles remained parked on the Celliers Street pavement, and a handful of reporters were doing live crossings.

Mandela is spending his 40th day in hospital, where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

In its last update on his condition, the presidency said he was responding to treatment and still in a critical but stable condition.
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