Four weeks after he was admitted to a Pretoria clinic, what has become known as “the wall” bursting with tributes to Nelson Mandela, is testament to the global impact of the first black president of South Africa.
People have made the journey from far and wide to pay homage to their hero. Pascal Wiso from the Democratic Republic of Congo said:
“Mandela was not an ordinary man. What we are asking our leaders, is to be like Mandela.”
“I hope that what he was bringing for us, trust and peace, that we can go on with it, and to be there for other people and not only for ourselves. And that we can go on with his legacy,” explained Sarie Venter from Pretoria.
A makeshift media camp keeps watch outside the clinic. News crews eat and sleep on the spot.
The steady flow of well-wishers shows no signs of abating as day turns to night.
“We are worried about the future, because should he pass on we don’t know what’s going to happen. And because he has fought for freedom and for peace. So yes, I’m a little bit worried, but we’re hoping that the country will be in peace and that the freedom will still go on, and that the country will grow economically. So we’re hoping that things will be good, will be better for the future,” said Steve Magoro
Euronews correspondent Valerie Gauriat reports from Pretoria:
“Day after day, emotions grow stronger outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital. Even though Nelson Mandela retired from public life a long time ago, many here fear the loss of the man they consider their protector.”