Outside the Pretoria clinic where former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition, well-wishers paid tribute to the anti-apartheid hero on the eve of his 95th birthday
Lethu Mazibuko spoke on behalf of the local student council:“We, as the young generation, the young lions from the ANC Youth League, we have decided today that we want to embrace our leader, who has liberated us, who has made a great contribution to our education today, to our success, to what we are today, we just wish Tata a speedy recovery to get well very soon, that’s why we are here, we are praying for him to have a speedy recovery.”
Mandela was admitted to hospital on June 8 with a severe lung infection. His family have said he is responding well to treatment despite his serious condition
Mandela was born on July 18 1918, the date was adopted by the UN as Mandela Day in 2009. To honour his 67 years of political activity global figures from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to ex-US president Bill Clinton are calling on people to dedicate 67 minutes of their day to helping others.