Mandela spending 25th day in hospital
02 July 2013, 12:07
Johannesburg - Messages of support for ailing former
president Nelson Mandela continue to pour in at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital
in Pretoria, where he is spending his 25th day on Tuesday.
It was quiet outside the hospital where the 94-year-old
anti-apartheid icon remained in a critical condition.
Three street cleaners picked up litter along Celliers Street
and journalists were setting up their cameras.
Three candles left overnight continued to burn near the wall
where well-wishing messages had been left.
Passers-by took pictures of the wall with their cellphones
and others posed with Madiba's portrait.
"The messages are touching," remarked Obed Metsi,
after reading some of them.
"So many messages from little kids - it is
moving," he said with tears forming in his eyes, before he left.
In their message on a giant poster, Readetswe Mmekwa and
Linda Motlaletoo appealed to God to heal Madiba.
"We are here to pray and remind the Lord that tata
Mandela has served him faithfully and loyally. What he tried to do was what He
wanted him to do. Please Lord grant him your mercy."
Another message scribbled on Venezuela's national flag read:
"Venezuela loves you Madiba."
The people of South Sudan also left a message: "We pray
for a hero, our man Madiba to be out of this sickness with all the power from
Allah the almighty."
A message from Nigerian students read: "Get well soon,
we love you."
Mandela was admitted to hospital on 8 June with a recurring
On Monday, the presidency said his condition was still
critical, but stable.
"We remind all South Africans to begin planning for
Madiba's birthday on July 18," President Jacob Zuma said.
"We must all be able to do something good for humanity
on this day, in tribute to our former president."
Zuma thanked everyone who had kept Mandela and his family in
their thoughts and prayers.