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Madiba well-wishers take to social media

Numerous public figures around the world have tweeted their best wishes to Madiba.

Pebbles painted with messages for Nelson Mandela can be seen outside his Houghton residence in Johannesburg on Monday, 8 April 2013. The former statesman was released from hospital at the weekend after being admitted for pneumonia.He will now receive medical care at his home. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - As get well messages continue to pour in for former President Nelson Mandela, a number of public figures around the world have taken to various social media platforms to express their concerns.

Mandela is spending a 19th day at the MediClinic Heart Hospital following a recurring lung infection.

His health continues to lead headlines worldwide, drawing the attention of public figures including former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who tweeted "Bill, Cheslea & I have sent our love and prayers to our great friend, Madiba, his family and his nation during this difficult time.

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton tweeted "my thoughts and prayers are with our father Madiba, one of the greatest men in the world, God bless you Madiba."

My thoughts and prayers are with our father Madiba, one of the greatest men in the world. God Bless you Madiba.



Singer Rihanna also took to her twitter page saying, "Nelson Mandela....one of the most incredible men to ever walk this earth!!! Sending prayers up to the Heavens for you! #AngelOnEarth."

Nelson Mandela....one of the most incredible men to ever walk this earth!!! Sending prayers up to the Heavens for you! #AngelOnEarth

Rapper Diddy, formerly known as Puff Daddy, posted a never-seen-before Instagram picture of him shaking Madiba's hand, saying "When I shook his hand I could feel his incredible spirit through my body."

#PrayForMandela pls http://t.co/0mWreg8ub7

In one of his latest tweets, Madiba's grandson Ndaba expressed his gratitude about how Mandela has inspired a new generation.

MANDELA FAMILY MEETING

Meanwhile, there's no official word from the Mandela family about what was discussed during a meeting in Qunu on Tuesday.

According to unconfirmed media reports, it was agreed that a group of AbaThembu elders would assess Nelson Mandela's condition and decided what action to take.

Activity around the area believed to be the Mandela gravesite has fuelled speculation about the purpose of the meeting, with reports suggesting the family also discussed moving family graves from Qunu to Mvezo in 2011.

The graves of three of Mandela's children were apparently moved by his eldest grandson Chief Mandla without consulting other family members.