“We will always salute the brave and unselfish service that Mandela has delivered for the good of this country and indeed the whole world. He has been, and will always continue to embody the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation. As his time draws closer, we can part with him in the full knowledge that his long walk to freedom will definitely end in heaven.”
“Our thoughts are with him. His condition runs in step with the condition of the party that he represents – in the sense that an epoch is coming to a close.”
These are some of the thoughts on social networking sites from South Africans about the condition of former president Nelson Mandela said to be critical by the Presidency on Sunday night. The 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon has been in hospital since June 8, fighting a lung infection.
“The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands,” said president Jacob Zuma, who visited the hospital.
Meanwhile Mandela’s eldest daughter Makaziwe said the family is taking it one day at a time. She, however, believes he is at peace
“All we do every day is take one day at a time and pray to the good Lord,” she told CNN.
“All I pray for as a daughter is that the transition is smooth…. He is at peace with himself. He has given so much to the world. I believe he is at peace.”