Police have tightened security around the Pretoria hospital where former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in a “serious but stable” condition.
Officers have cordoned off an area to keep the media back to allow Mandela family members to visit.
President Jacob Zuma described the frail 94-year-old as a ‘fighter’:
“I met a 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 are doing a very good job whilst he is very serious but he is stabilised and we are all praying for him, really, to recuperate quickly.”
But there appears to be a growing realisation among South Africans that they will one day have to say goodbye to the man who led the fight against apartheid to become the father of the “Rainbow Nation”.