Balloons released for Tata Mandela

10 children released balloons symbolising the Rainbow Nation at the Pretoria Heart hospital.

10 children released balloons symbolising the Rainbow Nation at the Pretoria Heart hospital. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

PRETORIA - 27 balloons were released outside the Pretoria Heart hospital on Sunday, where former president Nelson Mandela was recovering from a recurring lung infection.

The Tshwane Gospel Choir was one of many church groups that visited the hospital and left flowers, cards and paintings at the main gate of the hospital.

About 10 children released the balloons after counting to 27 and singing a get well song for the elder statesman.

The choir's George Senosha said the balloons symbolise the Rainbow Nation.

"They want to pray for Tata Mandela and at the same time, they want to remind the Lord of the good things that Tata Mandela has done for the nation and the whole world.

"They are pleading for his mercy and they are pleading for him to see his 95th birthday."