MKMVA show support for Madiba

The MKMVA members sang struggle songs in support of their leader.

A little girl is seen among messages of hope put up on a wall outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital where a critically-ill  Nelson Mandela is being treated, Thursday, 27 June 2013.Support for Mandela was growing  with well-wishers of different nationalities visiting the hospital in Pretoria.The presidency has said that his condition remains critical. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

PRETORIA - Members of the African National Congress' Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) on Sunday descended on Pretoria to wish their former commander in chief a speedy recovery in hospital.

Madiba led MK in exile and was instrumental in leading the armed struggle against apartheid that saw the strategic attack of whites only areas.

Members of the association took to the street outside the hospital before leaving a framed picture of Madiba at the wall with other cards and flowers.

The Umkhonto weSizwe members sang struggle songs and marched in three straight lines before leaving their message.

MKMVA chairman Kebby Maphatsoe said Madiba's leadership in exile was exemplary.

"We remember him as a sterling commander, selfless and very disciplined."

He also said people should never forget the role Madiba played in the armed struggle against apartheid.

"We must never tell lies about the history and role that Nelson Mandela played."

Maphatsoe said MK soldiers still need their former commander and hoped he will not be in hospital for much longer.

Meanwhile, as the statesman prepares to spend a fourth week at the Pretoria Mediclinic Heart hospital in a critical condition, locals and tourists alike flocked to his house to comfort his family with flowers and messages of support.

The flower beds dotting Mandela's garden are covered in colourful rocks, bouquets of flowers and cards, bearing messages of support for the ailing former president.

A visitor from the United States of America said his thoughts and prayers were with Mandela and his family.

Houghton resident Lunas Johnson said she passes by the house every day to go to gym but had not realised it was where Mandela lived. She left a bouquet of flowers.

"I'm just here to show my support to Madiba and his family.

"And to say we're thinking of him and we hope that he's getting better."

The trees in Mandela's garden are covered in colourful pages bearing messages of support from kids and adults alike.

Most people coming to the house to pay their respects are families and they have been stopping by in numbers.