Little activity outside Mandela's house
11 June 2013, 18:05
Johannesburg - The scene outside former president Nelson
Mandela's Johannesburg home was quiet on Tuesday morning, as the ailing icon
entered his fourth day in a Pretoria hospital.
Several journalists milled around on the street corner
opposite the Houghton house drinking coffee and talking among themselves, with
portable broadcasting equipment and cameras nearby.
Johannesburg metro police officers, with two cars posted up
the street, told journalists to park on the outside lawns of nearby houses
instead of on the road.
Curious members of the public slowed down to survey the
scene as they drove past.
Local and international media also continued to camp outside
the Pretoria hospital where Mandela was believed to have been admitted.
Security at the facility had been tightened as police
officers were called in to man the two entrances.
The main entrance to the hospital in Arcadia was guarded by
several police officers.
All vehicles entering the facility were checked and
Barricades were erected at the spot where journalists had
been camping on Monday forcing the press to move across the street.
Police tape was used to cordon off the area.
Mandela was admitted to hospital in the early hours of
The presidency at the time said he was in a "serious
but stable" condition.
On Monday, the presidency said Mandela's condition was
"President Jacob Zuma reiterates his call for South
Africa to pray for Madiba and the family during this time."
Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Mandela was
receiving intensive care.
African National Congress MP and Mandela's ex-wife Winnie
Madikizela-Mandela had been at the hospital on Monday.
This is the third time this year the Nobel Peace Prize
laureate has been in hospital.
At the end of March and in April this year he spent nine
days in hospital receiving treatment for recurring lung problems.
Earlier in March, he was admitted to a Pretoria hospital for
a scheduled check-up and discharged the following day.