South Africa continues to wish Madiba well

Today marks Madiba’s fourth week at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

Hospital wall with well-wishes messages for former president Nelson Mandela. Picture:Christa Van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - More people are expected to visit former President Nelson Mandela as he spends his fourth weekend in hospital for a recurring lung infection.

Family members, President Jacob Zuma and businessman Kenny Kunene were recently spotted outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria with growing concern from the public the global icon is on his last.

According to the Presidency Madiba's condition remains critical but stable and he has been under around-the-clock treatment.

It's been reported that socialite and so-called 'Sushi King' Kunene was outside the hospital on early Saturday morning while members of the public continued to leave candles and banners outside the facility, wishing Madiba a speedy recovery.

On Thursday night the Presidency denied previous media reports that Madiba is in a 'vegetative state'.


Mandela's eldest grandson Mandla lashed out at his family members this week after 16 members of the Mandela clan obtained a court order to have the remains of three of Madiba's deceased children exhumed and transported to back to Qunu from Mvezo.

It's believed Mandla had the three family members buried in Mvezo without consulting the rest of his family.

Mandla has since said the court's decision is a travesty of justice.

At the same time the Mandela family has come under fire by the public and some political personalities.

First it was Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu calling on the Mandela family to think about more than just themselves.

Now the Presidency has echoed this, calling on the battle between various members regrettable and urging the family to resolve their problems in an amicable way.


The African National Congress (ANC) has dedicated its annual Provincial General Council to the ailing icon.

The three-day conference began in Pretoria on Friday with delegates wearing t-shirts bearing Madiba's image and the words "Long Live Nelson Mandela".

The ANC in Gauteng's Deputy Chairperson Gwen Ramokgopa urged members of the party to practice the principles of the former president.

She said the ANC is acknowledging Madiba as a comrade who stood for justice and human rights universally.

Meanwhile in Cape Town the National Assembly's Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo said on Friday the former president is one of a kind and is in everyone's hearts.

Mfeketo was speaking at a special prayer service and vigil for Madiba at St George's Cathedral in the Cape Town CBD.

She said the thought of Madiba being unwell is unsettling and harrowing but that his hospitalisation has united the country.

The Presidency has asked South Africans to continue praying for the former president.