Monday 18 December 2017

'Don't cry – just celebrate his life and his legacy'

A South African archbishop who visited Nelson Mandela in hospital has offered a prayer in which he wishes for a "peaceful, perfect, end" for the former president.

Outside the Pretoria hospital where he was being treated, well-wishers have left flowers, drawings and messages for a man regarded as a symbol of sacrifice and reconciliation in a country that emerged from white minority rule to become a democracy two decades ago.

"Let's accept instead of crying," said Lucas Aedwaba, a security officer who described Mr Mandela as a hero. "Let's celebrate that the old man lived and left his legacy."

Thabo Makgoba, the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, posted a prayer on Facebook on Tuesday night after visiting the hospital where Mr Mandela is being treated.

In the prayer, Archbishop Makgoba asked for courage to be granted to Mr Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, and others who love him "at this hard time of watching and waiting", and appealed for divine help for the medical team treating Mr Mandela.

President Jacob Zuma said Mr Mandela's condition, previously described as serious but stable, had deteriorated to critical over the weekend.

"May your blessing rest upon Madiba now and always," Archbishop Makgoba said.

Irish Independent

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