Our thoughts and prayers should now be with Mandela

Posted: June 25, 2013 in Politics/Current issues
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Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

Nelson Mandela, Anti-apartheid icon and the First Black South African president remained in critical condition for the third day on Monday. These reports have left South Africans and the entire word praying for his health. Mandela, commonly known as Madiba, the hero of black South Africans’ battle for freedom during 27 years in apartheid jails, was rushed to hospital on June 8 with a recurrent lung infection.

Speaking during a press conference, South Africa President Jacob Zuma said doctors are doing everything they can to ensure his well being and comfort. Mandela is receiving intensive treatment at Pretoria’s Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, and his condition appears to have suddenly deteriorated over the last 36 hours.

“All of us in the country should accept that Madiba is now old,” Zuma said,. “I think what we need to do as a country is to pray for him to be well and that the doctors do their work.” And this is what the entire world and especially Africa should embrace. Mr. Mandela is an iconic leader who played a towering role in his country’s transition from white minority rule under the system of apartheid to multiracial democracy in 1994. His efforts have been recognised across the world.

Mr. Zuma said he had been assured by doctors that “all care” had been taken to ensure that Mr. Mandela’s condition was not compromised during that time. Media reports that Mr. Mandela had suffered a cardiac arrest on that same night contained “no truth,” he added. Meanwhile, what the world needs to do is to continue praying for this African hero. Just as Zuma said, Mandela is a father of democracy who fought and sacrificed his life for the freedom of not only South Africans but also Africans in general.

Mr. Mandela is due to celebrate his 95th birthday on July 18th and, he has been admitted in hospital four times since December mostly to what doctors describe as pulmonary condition that has plagued him for years.

Our thoughts and prayers should now be with him now.

Nixon Kanali, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) Nairobi

 

 

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  1. […] Nelson Mandela, Anti-apartheid icon and the First Black South African president remained in critical condition for the third day on Monday. These reports have left South Africans and the entire wor…  […]

  2. Nixon Kanali says:

    Official says Nelson Mandela on life support; Zuma cancels travel plans http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/26/world/africa/south-africa-mandela

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