Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of ailing former president Nelson Mandela, has been the first Mandela family member to arrive for her daily visit to Madiba at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria today.
It was perhaps time that God relieved former president Nelson Mandela from his pain and suffering as he fights for his life in hospital, a senior chief of the AbaThembu nation and ANC MP Nkosi Patekile Holomisa has said.
Funeral arrangements for ailing former president Nelson Mandela were not discussed at a family meeting in Qunu, Eastern Cape, United Democratic Movement (UDF) leader Bantu Holomisa has said.
City Press can reveal that elders in the Mandela family last night visited the family gravesite in Qunu to plead for forgiveness from their ancestors for exhuming the bodies of family members in 2011.
Dr Vejay Ramlakan arrived today at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where former president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition.
Cape Town’s Archbishop has led Nelson Mandela’s closest family in a sombre prayer, offering support for his wife and a “peaceful, perfect, end” for the former president.
Tshwane Metro Police were forced to cordon off Celliers Street leading to one of the two entrances of the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Arcadia, Pretoria, today after scores of well-wishers gathered and sang struggle songs, wishing former president Nelson Mandela as speedy recovery.
The meeting held in Qunu today was a “highly sensitive” one and was only for the family, said Nkosi Mfundo Mtirara, a relative of former president Nelson Mandela.
The Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital has been a hive of activity today as well-wishers and visitors have been streaming in to wish former president Nelson Mandela a speedy recovery.
It is still unclear whether President Barack Obama would visit former president Nelson Mandela when he is in South Africa this week.
White doves were released at the Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela remained in a critical condition.
Former president Nelson Mandela’s house in Qunu in the Eastern Cape has been a hive of activity ahead of a family meeting, which was reportedly called by Madiba’s eldest daughter Makaziwe.
International investors need not worry about South Africa’s future when former statesman Nelson Mandela eventually dies, as his legacy will be safeguarded, Planning Minister Trevor Manuel has said.
Family and high-profile political leaders visited former president Nelson Mandela at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria after the Presidency said Madiba’s condition had deteriorated to critical.
Former president Nelson Mandela’s longtime friend George Bizos, SC, has refrained from visiting the critically ill Nobel laureate in hospital in Pretoria.
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