Could this be ‘Tata’s’ last battle?
25 June 2013 | Chanelle Lutchman
The nation is on edge following a presidential announcement of former president, Nelson Mandela’s critical state of health.
Earlier today, media reports stated that there was a lot of activity outside Mandela’s home in the village of Qunu, where it is assumed that elders Napilisi Mandela, Mandla Mandela and various chiefs of the Abathembu royal family have gathered to hold a meeting concerning ‘sensitive matters.’
Madiba’s grandson, Ndaba Mandela, was spotted standing at what reporters believe to be his grandfather’s soon to be grave site in Qunu, Eastern Cape.
The former president was admitted at the Medi-clinic Heart Hospital, in Pretoria since June 8.
Many twitter users have taken to the social network to show their support for the former president, as well as celebraties offering messages of hope and prayer for the icon.
Above: Bollywood star, Amitabh Bachchan tweeted his message of support for Nelson Mandela earlier today. View the twitter widget below for the latest tweets about Mandela.
According to the presidency, since the morning of June 24 through to Tuesday the 25th, Madiba’s health has turned critical and many fear that Tata’s time with us is almost up.
President Jacob Zuma, addressing a media briefing in Johannesburg on Monday said, “Doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well looked after and is comfortable.”
Shortly after it was reported that Madiba’s family were holding a meeting, there has been a lot of movement reported to be taking place in the Medi-clinic Heart hospital. Cars with military number plates drove in but no word on Mandela’s health has come out yet.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Madiba’s daughter, Makaziwe Mandela said, “Its time me and my family be left alone, the public shouldn’t have a say on the fate of my father’s life. In our culture, if our parent requests us to ‘let them go’ we would, but my father has not requested us so we will not. We will leave it all in the hands of the lord.”
Madiba’s first recent admission was on December 8, 2012 to an undisclosed hospital. The news came as a shock to South Africans everywhere. It was reported that he was admitted for ‘general tests’ but it was revealed after his 3 week stay, that he had undergone gallstone surgery and was recovering from a recurring lung infection.
Three months later, on March 27, this year, Mandela was admitted again due to a recurring lung infection. The news sent the public into a frenzy. Noticing the panic, minister in the presidency, Mac Maharaj, released news that Madiba was responding positively to his treatment but Maharaj still urged the public to pray for the ailing former president.
Over the past few days, well-wishers have covered the security walls outside and the entrance of the Medi-clinic Heart hospital with balloons, flowers and cards, in order to show their support for the ailing former president.
Earlier today several businessmen released 100 doves outside the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital. The doves are considered to be a symbol of the freedom that Mandela has brought to the country.
Madiba’s close friends, family members and many ministers in the presidency have made it their duty to visit the ailing former president since it is undecided if this would be the last of Tata.
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