Mandela supporters brave cold for all-night vigil

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The crowd of well-wishers outside former President Nelson Mandela’s Pretoria hospital continues to grow as the global statesman remains in ''critical but stable condition''.

On Thursday, 15 buses field with supporters arrived at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital.

Throughout the night, crowds of people from all over the country were singing and praying despite the bitterly cold winter weather.

They were given a glimmer of hope on Thursday when President Jacob Zuma – who cancelled a trip to Mozambique – to remain close, said there had been an improvement in his condition and that remained in critical but stable condition.

Relatives concurred with this, saying he was “responding to touch and attempting to open his eyes”.

Despite all the goodwill, Mandela’s eldest daughter Makaziwe Mandela on Thursday expressed her outrage at the media frenzy around her father, describing journalists reporting on her father’s deterioration as “vultures”.

"It's like vultures waiting when a lion has devoured a buffalo, waiting there you know for the last carcasses, that's the image that we have as a family," she said in an interview with the state broadcaster.

She added that journalists who were camped outside her father’s Pretoria hospital and childhood village in the Eastern Cape “violate all boundaries”.

"Is it because we're an African country that people just feel they can't respect any laws of this country, they can violate everything in the book? I just think it's in bad taste," she said.
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28 june 2013 06:00:28

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