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Madiba visited by daughter in hospital

One of Nelson Mandela’s daughters paid him a visit at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela. AFP

PRETORIA - It appears former president Nelson Mandela has received his first visitor for the day at the Pretoria hospital where he is receiving treatment.

Mandela remains in a serious but stable condition at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

Journalists at the entrance to the hospital have spotted Madiba's daughter Zenani entering the facility.

She returned to South Africa this week from Argentina where she has been posted at the country's ambassador.

The Presidency has reiterated previous statements that Madiba is in a serious but stable condition.

EWN's Barry Bateman reports via Google Hangouts from outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria this morning.

At the same time, enterprising South Africans are cashing in on the media interest in Madiba's health.

An international broadcaster is renting a balcony overlooking the hospital for what is believed to be R3,500 per day.

Hawkers have also set up stalls selling food and coffee while security guards are charging the media to use the bathrooms at the flat complexes.

Meanwhile, messages of support are emerging at every famous landmark attributed to the 94-year-old.

The large statue of Mandela outside the Johannesburg Magistrates Court shows the iconic leader in his prime.

Now, as he spends a fifth day in hospital, those passing by have told Eyewitness News how much the statesman means to them.

One woman said, "We do understand he's old but we will continue praying because we believe anything is possible with a prayer. We wish him all the best."

Another woman had a special message for Madiba.

"Madiba, we still need you. Please get well. You're stronger than your health problems. Your kids still need you."

This is Madiba's fourth hospitalisation since December.

QUNU

An Eastern Cape grade 12 learner says they will forever be grateful for the school they received from Nelson Mandela.

Mandela lived in the Qokolweni area for a few years after his father passed away.

He officially opened the Xolilizwe Sangoni Comprehensive High School 14 years ago.

Grade 12 learner Busisiwe Fakude says Madiba has left a lasting legacy by giving them a skilled based school.

"Mr Mandela means a lot to me because he built this school for us so that we can be successful. I want to be a geologist."

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