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Madiba spends tenth day in hospital

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Well-wishers left flags, flowers, balloons and get-well-soon cards at the entrance to the Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela was spending his tenth day on Monday.

Colourful messages were printed on large pieces of paper and cardboard attached to the hospital’s wall next to the security checkpoint.

Some of the messages read: “Get well soon from the sickness. Long live. From Lazarus (in) Atteridgeville”.

Another read: “I love you Tata Mandela. From Sharon Duduza”.

Two flags were tied onto the hospital’s security wall along Celliers Street.

A message on one of the flags read: “The long walk to freedom continues”.

Several multi-coloured balloons, were also swinging next to the flags and bouquets of flowers lined the sidewalk.

Passers-by briefly stopped at the entrance to the hospital and read the messages of support.

Mandela, 94, was hospitalised in the early hours of June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

The presidency said he was in a “serious but stable” condition.

President Jacob Zuma told a Youth Day celebration on Sunday in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, that Mandela’s health has shown improvement despite his still being in a serious condition.

“We are grateful that he continues to get better. Over the last two days, although (his condition) remains serious, his doctors have stated that his improvement has been sustained,” Zuma said.

The president, accompanied by African National Congress treasurer general Zweli Mkhize, visited Mandela on Thursday.

Security at the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital remained tight.

On Monday morning, several police officers were searching all vehicles entering the hospital’s two entrances.

A contingent of local and international media continued to monitor the entrances.

Members of the Mandela family visited the ailing icon on Father’s Day.

Mandela’s former wife and ANC MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini and Mandela’s granddaughter Zaziwe were at the hospital on Sunday

 

-iol

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