Madiba's home abuzz with tourists

Locals and tourists are making their way to Madiba’s old house in Soweto to send well wishes.

Locals and tourists are flocking to the Nelson Mandela house in Vilakazi Street in Soweto. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Locals and tourists on Monday flocked to former president Nelson Mandela's Vilakazi Street home in Soweto to wish him well after he was admitted to hospital at the weekend.

The 94-year-old was sent to a Pretoria hospital for tests on Saturday.

But the Presidency was quick to downplay concerns over Madiba's health, saying he is in good hands and that his visit to hospital is consistent with someone his age.

On Sunday, President Jacob Zuma paid a visit to former statesman.

Zuma urged South Africans not to panic as the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was confortable and receiving treatment.

People from near and far have converged on Madiba's house, saying they feel they need to honour the "father of the nation."

"I wish him a speedy recovery," one person said.

Another tourist said, "I want to say he must get better soon. We're from Germany and just came here to see him."

One woman from America said the world needs Mandela.

"He's not ready to go yet. He still has some work to do."

Locals said they were keeping Madiba in their thoughts and prayers.

Mandela is celebrated all over the world for his contribution to the fight against apartheid.

Madiba's admission to hospital came just days after speculation that his medical team or medication was on board a plane that crashed in Drakensburg.

The defence force has denied the claims.

In January, he was admitted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg for a check-up.