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Makaziwe arrives at hospital

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Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe Mandela arrived at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Friday to visit her critically-ill father.She went in with the former president's grandchild Ndileka Mandela and another woman, also believed to be a grandchild.

On Thursday, Makaziwe told SABC that although her father's situation "is critical" the family had hope.

"But I think that for us, as his children and grandchildren, we still have this hope because when we talk to him, he'd flutter trying to open his eyes," she told SABC.

She expressed dismay about the media camped outside the hospital, whom she believed were acting like "vultures", and were being racist and disrespectful to African culture.

Condition

After a night of prayer services, an anxious nation waited for news from the presidency about his condition.

On Thursday, the presidency said Mandela was still critically ill, but that he had shown an improvement, and his condition was stable.

Unlike in previous days, activity outside the hospital was a little slower on Friday, but the police were still in place and Celliers Street remained cordoned off to traffic.

Passing office workers and foreign visitors paused to read a 15-metre long wall of messages, in the form of get-well notes and home-made cards, and to look at the bunches of flowers left for Mandela.

US President Barack Obama was expected in the country later on Friday.

His office has said he will take direction from the family on whether he should visit Mandela, who was admitted to hospital with a recurring lung infection on 8 June.

 

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