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More well-wishers at Mandela hospital

2013-06-26 14:57

Pretoria - More members of the public gathered outside the Pretoria hospital on Wednesday where former president Nelson Mandela is critically ill.

About 20 children from the Thanduxolo Day Care Centre arrived at the hospital's Celliers Street entrance to post their hand-made card on the wall and to recite a poem.

Part of the poem, translated from Zulu, was "Hold on old man".

Julia Masango, a woman who works at a nearby supermarket, came to show support for her long-time icon.

"I am very sad that he is sick, he must get better or the gods must release him," said Masango.
Madiba's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela arrived shortly before 13:45.

Security has been increased at the facility. More police are manning its two entrances, and they are using mirrors to inspect the undersides of cars entering the premises.

Tshwane metro police officers cordoned off Celliers Street on Wednesday, were letting through only the cars of journalists and those of people living nearby.

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

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," spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Comments
  • Louis Nel - 2013-06-26 15:05

    Go well Madiba. You would be ashamed of the ANC today.

      pronape - 2013-06-26 15:25

      well said mr Nel

  • Guy Alain - 2013-06-26 15:06

    we love tata!

  • Kwena Molekoa - 2013-06-26 15:07

    We are the luckiest nation in the world to have had him as our leader , our own . For some of us , he will for ever be our LEADER . Let's count our blessings .

  • Theo Smith - 2013-06-26 15:08

    Well said louis

  • Admire Sibanda Mashaba - 2013-06-26 15:09

    The world stil need u Mandela

      Bontle Gape - 2013-06-26 16:47

      Sibanda really now did you mop the floor with your dreads, the man is 94

  • Bjorn Van Huyssteen - 2013-06-26 15:09

    Yes News24, we know this

  • Zakes Seema - 2013-06-26 15:15

    I guess that hospital will be named after Madiba.

  • Morwen - 2013-06-26 15:19

    RIP Tata.

      Charmaine Rowlands - 2013-06-26 15:29

      he hasn't died!!

      Mafa Ezrom Rammutla - 2013-06-26 15:30

      But u cant say RIP to someone who's stil alive...

  • Busi Ndaba - 2013-06-26 15:20

    Thank you Madiba, if they take out the life support machine, rest peacefully tata...

  • Fillas Fedrick Maluleke - 2013-06-26 15:21

    Eish! We are listening news every minute to know about the situation of Madiba

  • Baxito - 2013-06-26 15:22

    But what are we really reading here? Same news but different titles...

  • Katlego Mango Legodi - 2013-06-26 15:30

    We wishing u all the best tata but I know gore o strong nd tnks 4 everything that u have done 2 us xo

  • Gift Chamgwela Chinyati - 2013-06-26 15:36

    Tata,u r in our prayers.

  • Phumzile Mokoena - 2013-06-26 15:37

    i wish hs family 2 b strong 4 hm & da whole world 2 let hm go. Let Gods will take place ts obvious h wl never survive da lung disease ,lets put hm n2 Gods capable hands

  • Cathi Watson - 2013-06-26 15:39

    Why on earth would the SAP be using mirrors to check the undersides of cars entering the area???? Goodness what Drama Queens !!!!!!!!!!!!! This is about an ailing hero and father of our nation , not a damn impending terrorist attack !!!

  • Chreamz George - 2013-06-26 15:41

    The End is NEAR.

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-06-26 15:46

    What makes me sick is all the people on the bandwagon. Pre school children to sing, little children making cards to leave at the hospital. Why don't the parents go, no they push the children forward, the poor kids haven't got a clue what's it all about. To stare at a hospital, why???

  • Tshepo Maluleka - 2013-06-26 15:46

    Isithwalandwe “Rolihlahla” (trouble maker by definition)…! De founder member of the ANC Youth League… national volunteer-in-chief of the Defiance Campaign… de 1st commander-in-chief of Umkhonto we Sizwe… de former president of the ANC… and SA's 1st democratically-elected President… de 1 who always put de needs and interests of de people above his own… the 1st to charm the world with his humility..!! U hv aspired artist, poems, books, dramas, songs, streets, villages etc symbolizes u…ur hospitalization is historic 2 de young and old generations 2day…cameras a 4ever on…journalist spend sleepless nyts just 2 cover de breaking news about Tata!!

  • Bulelwa Bubu Maphanga - 2013-06-26 15:48

    they are waitng for Obama to come to South AFrica and see him first before they free him

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-06-26 15:49

    What do the visitors want, to look at him on life support. This is sickening, if I was his legal wife I would chase away all these vultures.

  • Faniswa Pala Mrwetyana - 2013-06-26 16:17

    my God we look up to you *mayenzeki ntando yakho*

  • Siboniso Zondi - 2013-06-26 16:30

    Get well tata we love you so much.

  • Patricia Bee Douglas - 2013-06-26 18:04

    we love you Mandela

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