Tutu visits Madiba in hospital

The Archbishop paid tribute to Madiba, Graça Machel and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

FILE: Nelson Mandela holds the World Cup beside Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Zurich on 15 May 2004. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on Friday visited former president Nelson Mandela at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

His visit comes just a day after the global icon turned 95.

Thursday saw thousands people in South Africa and across the world dedicate 67 minutes of their time to helping others in honour of Mandela.

Madiba was admitted to the facility on 8 June for a recurring lung infection.

According to the Presidency, Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition.

Tutu on Friday said Mandela continued to inspire South Africans to build a better country.

He called on people to pay tribute to the former president by doing something as simple as not littering.

The Archbishop also paid tribute to the women in the Madiba's life.

He thanked Graça Machel for being a pillar of strength and also thanked Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela for her role in the struggle.

"I am humbled by my relationship with [Mandela] and give thanks to the wonderful contribution that Graça has made, giving him joy in his latter years.

"I also salute Winnie for having been the extraordinary woman she was during the rough days. I salute her and she knows that I love her very much."