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South Africa waits anxiously for more news on the health of former President Nelson Mandela, admitted to hospital on Saturday June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

Mandela has been hospitalised three times since December – and the government described his condition this time as ‘serious’.

The Sunday newspapers on June 9 suggested that it was time to prepare for the worst. A friend of Mandela’s told Britain’s Sunday Times that people should start “letting him go”

But in Pretoria, many aren’t ready to imagine South Africa after Madiba. One resident said: “For me, Mandela is our legacy.”

Another resident said: “When we pray, we always say ‘God knows everything. God knows, I don’t know, but God knows’.”

In South Africa, and throughout the world, Mandela supporters sent prayers of love and support – to the man who become a global icon for peace, for his leading role in a battle against apartheid, and made history by becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

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