Traffic restricted near Mandela hospital

2013-06-26 13:27
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Vigil for Nelson Mandela

Supporters gathered outside the hospital where Nelson Mandela is in critical condition, burning candles and singing religious songs.

Pretoria - Tshwane metro police restricted the traffic flow on Wednesday in the streets near the Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is still in a critical condition.

Security was also increased at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital.

Police manning the hospital's entrances used mirrors to inspect the undersides of cars entering the premises.

Earlier, Dr Vejay Ramlakan arrived at the hospital. He is the country's former surgeon general. He stepped down earlier this year.

His car was not searched by police and security guards when he arrived at the hospital.

Police started searching vehicles entering the facility at about 05:00.

Mandela was admitted on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

Local residents asked about the health of the former statesman while walking past the hospital on Wednesday.

Well-wishers have transformed the wall outside the hospital into a miniature art gallery with presents, get-well cards, balloons, and floral tributes in support of Mandela.

The presidency said on Tuesday that the anti-apartheid icon remained in a critical condition.

"[Mandela's] condition remains unchanged in hospital, and doctors continue to do their best to ensure his recovery, well-being, and comfort," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.
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