Archbishop visits Mandela

2013-06-25 17:32

Pretoria - Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has left the Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is still in a critical condition on Tuesday.

Makgoba left the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital through the Park Street entrance in a dark Audi SUV.

A poster reading: "We [heart] you Mandela" was erected outside the entrance alongside a message reading: "It only seems impossible until it's done - Nelson Mandela".

At the Celliers Street entrance, businessman Kenny Kunene arrived to place flowers and speak to the media.

After Kunene's visit, more Tshwane metro police officers arrived at the entry point.

They cordoned off Celliers Street where it meets with Park Street.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa arrived to check on the police officers and left after a brief discussion with them.

Earlier in the day, the presidency confirmed that Mandela remained in a critical condition.

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

Trainee police officers arrived at the hospital earlier on Tuesday to leave flowers and offer their well-wishes to the critically ill former president.

They arrived in a marked bus which blocked a part of Park Street, and made their way to the entrance in Celliers Street.

A message from SAPS

Some of their messages quoted Bible verses. A tribute read: "We as members of the SA Police Service [SAPS] believe there is healing in Jesus, and we trust he will heal our beloved Madiba."

SAPS Academy commander Brigadier Noma Binqela said the gesture was intended to extend sympathy and well-wishes to Mandela.

"We wanted them [trainees] to see that we are not only police officers for crime, but we are part of the community of this country. The flowers are the only way we can show our appreciation to our former president," she said.

Businessman Calvern Hugo released about 60 white doves near the Celliers Street entrance, in recognition of Mandela's contribution to the country's freedom.

"It was a few minutes of sacrifice that we took out of our busy schedules to say thank you for the sacrifices he took for the nation as a whole," Hugo said.

Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela arrived shortly after 12.30pm with her daughter Zindzi Mandela-Motlhajwa.

Other relatives were in a meeting called by some of Mandela's children at his home in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape. Among those at the homestead were Mandla Mandela, Thanduxolo Mandela, Ndaba Mandela and Ndileka Mandela.

Family elder Napilisi Mandela confirmed they would discuss delicate matters pertaining to the anti-apartheid icon.

  • Nettie Potgieter - 2013-06-25 17:43

    I wander if they are not going to sneak off with his body and bury him privately in his home town.

      Potlaki Rammaka Lekgathe - 2013-06-25 17:57

      Yaa they might do that, maybe they already did wu knws

  • Poloko Pique Mphatsoe - 2013-06-25 17:43

    eish something is we dönt need scientific eye see about all the headlines

  • Warren Rodel - 2013-06-25 17:44

    The media should stop using the word "recovery", that's lying to the public!

  • willbeonekenobi - 2013-06-25 17:45

    Unfortunately that is 100% true.

  • Tshepo Maluleka - 2013-06-25 17:50

    Indeed he is a true icon of the world...! A SPECIAL SALUTE... His lasting legacy lives!!!

  • Seanred - 2013-06-25 17:50


  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-06-25 17:50

    I don't think he will last for another two days. Sad as im but I have peace with it. No one is immortal.

  • Richard Stockenström - 2013-06-25 18:13

    How many times are you going to run the same headline? We got it, activity has increased.

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2013-06-25 19:29

      I thought I was the only one questioning this Richard!

  • Vasco Athena'srealtruelove Vigis - 2013-06-25 18:21

    I don't mean to sound callous,but its Weekend @ Bernie's if they purposely delay the inevitable.

  • OhSnap - 2013-06-25 18:24

    I got the feeling "The Icon" has passed already, or they are going to switch off life support !! I was fortunate enough to meet him in CT back in by the Gardens, where he would chat to school kids and shake peoples hands who passed by :-)

  • Louise Cook - 2013-06-25 18:31

    Media articles should not use the word "fear" - it's not necessary because there is nothing to fear about Madiba's health. The word has negative connotations - ti's also not necessary for the media to try to find out what the "delicate" talks at Madiba's hometown are about - it's none of the public's business. Respect the Mandela family. We keep Madiba and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Hendrik de Villiers - 2013-06-25 18:45

    Wow! Moerse nuus!!!

      Zama Bogale - 2013-06-25 18:54

      how can u say such a thing?

      Bianca Le Cornu - 2013-06-26 00:24

      Zama don't fall into this fool's trap ... he has nothing better to do than comment bollocks because he is such a failure and is jealous of the amazing man that Mandela is and will always be ... while he is so lame that he can only manage to be a keyboard warrior; inciting anger in the commenters of News24. What a sad and sorry existence ... pity I don't care anymore.

  • Mahlatse Patience - 2013-06-25 18:49

    Mr Mandela you'll be healed,the whole world show symphathy on your illness,all ministers who get access to come to you,they wish you can just stand up and be a happy grandfather again,May God be with you Tata.

  • Mothusi Voorman - 2013-06-25 18:50

    eish media Recovery and Critical are not the same,plz be specific 2 the public our icon he is not on the Good condition

  • Sithembele-Africa Lunguza - 2013-06-25 18:50

    It would be sad for Barack Obama not to visit the international icon due to party politicking over national interests ... Such a gesture (his visit) will once more reaffirm to the world that beyond the current turbulent facing the country, there is hope in the ballot box.

  • Zama Bogale - 2013-06-25 18:52

    i am not trying to rud but lets leave all this thing to god our creator he knows when MADIBA is going to leave us.

  • gratton.rush - 2013-06-25 19:04

    To Mr Garrat The bible clearly states you will know them by their fruits, so do try and be an example like Madiba. Try transferring your inttelect from mind to your heart. Because that is what Madiba did, He is going were he deserves desrves to be, with his heavenly Father. Unfortunately whether you are the poorest or the richest, you cannot leave this planet without first dying. Release him he deserves peace&& .

      Charles Alfonso - 2013-06-25 19:55

      @garret. Move on friend you are a little offensive. Not one person on this forum ridicules you for being outspoken and yet you believe you have this right to do so. A little etiquette my friend will do no harm.

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-25 20:02

      And grafton. No white or black horses for Mandela. In his own words he did not believe in your god." "I thank whatever gods may be for my uncomfortable soul, I am the master of my faith. I am the captain of my soul."

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-25 20:25

      And Grafton. That codswallop about Mandala's heavenly father. Mandela never espoused any religious beliefs as an adult. And guess what - Mandela is an Honorary member of the Bertrand Russell Society? Now here's a thing -Bertrand Russell is one of the most prominent and outspoken atheists of the 20th Century. So I very much doubt he believes in your "heavenly father". So stop poncing around trying to link your religious crazy to Mandela.

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-25 20:46

      Charles This is a free country and this is a forum for expressing opinion so I am expressing mine. No one has the right to not to be offended. If I was criticising the ANC or Tokoloshe believers would you also say that I am a "little offensive"?

      Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2013-06-25 21:37

      Typical, GB Garratt. Anything to do with religion and up he pops, ready to mock and ridicule any religious statement. He is FASCINATED by religion and can't let it go!!

  • Jt Goba - 2013-06-25 19:06

    Was xpecting Archbishop Tutu??

  • gratton.rush - 2013-06-25 19:28

    Its called compassion thats what people do when they know that they are about to lose someone they love. You have not always taken such a hardline in life, but it would seem from the anger that you have been hurt. Hanging on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Hey but the good news is Jesus loves, and why because He created you. God bless

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-25 19:51

      grafton Xian speak. Did they teach you that at Jehovah's Witless 101? It is not me who is angry: I am laughing at you and your imaginary god beliefs. You are very cross because I am questioning those beliefs and making them look hypocritical and silly. You Christians are all queueing up to grandstand around Mandela (like the archbishop in his black SUV) hoping to look pious and that some of Mandela's credibility will rub off on you.

  • gratton.rush - 2013-06-25 19:32

    The only person people should want to visit him now is his Creator, he will be coming on white horse not some fancy suv bmw or mercedes benz.

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-25 19:41

      Haha! On a white horse. Really now? Man you guys have vivid imaginations. I doubt it because Mandela is not a Jesus freak like you.

  • Sige Gorabeb - 2013-06-25 19:33

    What's the point in keeping Madiba artificially alive, which I suspect is happening now. What's the point really. What quality of life can he have at that age with so many ailments. Let's be realistic and let nature take its course. Medical intervention can only prolong his suffering. Gods Peace be with you Madiba. You have done your part.

  • Asithandile Norman Bede Norman - 2013-06-25 19:35

    Do white ppl love mandela?

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-25 19:44

      Absolutely. Many, many white people opposed Apartheid, called for Mandela's release and some died for their trouble. He was a man of principle who sacrificed a great part of his life for that principle.

      Bianca Le Cornu - 2013-06-26 00:27

      Why shouldn't we? How can the colour of our skin dictate whether we should or should not love another human being?

  • Mxolisi M Ntshangase - 2013-06-25 19:52

    Mandela has served the country with distinction. He has been an inspiration to all of us even abroad. His legacy will remain with us for a long time and future generation. He loved us all to an extent that he sacrificed his life. He is indeed our hero an icon.

  • gratton.rush - 2013-06-25 19:52

    Any man that is ready to put his life down for his enemies is worthy of love. Yes I am white and I too like him have lost a child. So to be hunted jailed lose a child, and still forgive your captors is more than worthy to be loved.

  • gratton.rush - 2013-06-25 20:03

    Hey GB good to have had the view differences stay cool who knows what the future holds, only one thing we are sure about we will follow the same route as our Dear Madiba.

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-25 20:29

      That's ok grafton - keep your god to yourself of your church services and we will all stay cool. BTW, did you note that Mandala is an honorary member of the Bertrand Russell Society - the society that reveres the memory of an uber atheist -

  • Cape Jetlag - 2013-06-25 21:23

    To celebrate a life of such a great man is a once in a life time experience. A man that has positively influenced the lives of so many. A classic and profound example of the ability of one man to influence the lives of billions. As a South African I will not let him down. I will live by those ideals and noble human qualities he taught me. His humility, kindness, wisdom, friendliness, unselfishness and love makes him a near saintlike human being which set an example of the kind of man I can only dream of being. We as South Africans owe this man our lives. We dare not let him down. We will make him proud and continue the struggle for freedom and a better life for all. “Hamba kahle Tata Mandela”

  • Michael McN - 2013-06-26 04:24

    South Africans: don't let Madiba die without fixing the ANC for him. Rise up! Prayers from America for the great man, and hopes you will succeed in shining what he made for you before he goes.

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