'SA will remain stable if Madiba dies'

The MKMVA says SA will remain stable if former President Nelson Mandela dies.

File: Former president Nelson Mandela waves after the international launch of the book "Mandela: The Authorised Portrait" in Johannesburg in a file picture from 2006. Picture: Sapa

PRETORIA -The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) says there will be stability in South Africa if former President Nelson Mandela dies.

Members of the MKMVA visited the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Monday where Madiba is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

"There will be stability in South Africa. There is capable leadership in the ANC that will take the struggle forward," says MKMVA chairman Kebby Maphatsoe.

For a number of years, rumours have swirled that South Africa's democracy will be threatened after the ailing statesman died. There are hundreds of websites from interest groups to social networks and news sites dedicated to theories of what will happen to the country should he die.

Maphatsoe says the point of the organisation's visit was to pray for more years of health for the 94-year-old who turns 95 on 18 July.

The military veterans sang struggle songs and lay flowers at the wall of support outside the hospital.

The global icon remains in a critical but stable condition. He has been hospitalised for over three weeks.