User:Jo'snose/South Africans continue in pray for Nelson Mandela

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Nelson Mandela, 94 has been readmitted to a hospital in Pretoria on Saturday the 8th of June and currently remains in intensive care with a "serious but stable" condition.

This is Mr Mandela's forth admission to hospital for treatment since December, 2012 where he underwent surgery to remove gallstones while still recovering from a lung infection. He later returned in March for a scheduled overnight checkup before being again readmitted to hospital for 10 days for treatment for the lung infection.

Father Victor Phalana of Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pretoria said that, "All these admissions to the hospital has been preparing us for this". The nation of South Africa is now forced to face the reality of Nelson Mandela Madiba, 'the father of the nation's' mortality. "This may be the end, and that is enough to tell us this is very serious." said, Father Victor Phalana.

The South African Government has stepped up all security at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria for his family, including his wife Graca Machel and ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as they maintain bedside visits reflecting the severity of Mr Mandela's current condition. Warrant Officer Shaun van Heerden, one of Mandelas long serving bodyguards has accused the military medical team of imposing unnecessarily tough restrictions on visitations saying Mandela is a very lonely man and that "at times it felt like he was back in prison".

President Jacob Zuma, being kept constantly updated regarding Nelson Mandela’s struggle has repeated his call for the nation to go to prayer. Mandela has a history of lung problems since he was diagnosed in 1988 with early-stage tuberculosis contracted during his 27 years at Robben Island prison camp near Cape Town. Head of pulmonology at the University of Cape Town, Keertan Dheda, stated "Pneumonia is a killer disease". This most recent health scare is being met with an increasing acceptance that Mandela's life maybe coming to an end.

President Zuma said in a statement, "I met the team of doctors who are treating him. They gave me a very thorough briefing and really I was very confident that they know what they are doing and they're doing a very good job,".

Mr Mandela spent 27 years behind bars then went on to serve as South Africa's president from 1994 to 1999. Since leaving the political arena Nelson Mandela has remained an international symbol of struggle and freedom.