Mandela Elders Seen at Family Gravesite


By Ntokozo Sindane    26-Jun-2013 09:33 UTC+02:00
The Mandela home in Qunu has been a hive of activity lately as family elders gathered for a series of meetings. Former President Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital. – image - www.telegraph.co.uk

The Mandela home in Qunu has been a hive of activity lately as family elders gathered for a series of meetings. Former President Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital. – image – www.telegraph.co.uk

Anxiety continues to mount with each hour that former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital. The number of well-wishers outside the hospital has grown since it was announced that Mandela’s condition had deteriorated to critical status. The presidency has kept the country and media updated on the elderly icon’s condition while he receives treatment for his recurring lung condition.

Gatherings of family elders and people of importance when it comes to state matters have been held at the Mandela residence in Qunu, Eastern Cape. What got the public into a state of panic was the news that some elders had been to the private gravesite which is the final resting place for Mandela family members. The media reported that cars had been seen at the gravesite while the rest of the family was embroiled in meetings behind closed doors.

It has emerged that family elders in Qunu have expressed their wish to see Mandela in hospital. Some are expected in Pretoria on Wednesday. Many believe that the Mandela family is following certain rituals and traditions that are observed when a family prepares for the death of an extremely ill loved one.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, the Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Chief Bhovulengwe of the AbaThembu royal council are just some of those who were invited to the meetings at the Mandela homestead.

Messages of love and support for the man who is synonymous with freedom and equality have been coming in from all over the world. Others have taken to social networks to share their prayers for a man who has inspired millions around the world. It is interesting to see that some people pray for Nelson Mandela’s speedy recovery while the majority pray for his eternal freedom from his illness.


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  1. Zodwa says:

    I doubt Madiba will leave the hospital alive.

  2. avuyile says:

    We all pray for tata to get well we luv him so much…………may God bless u Tata…..

  3. jabu japhter mabasa says:

    Baba mandela I wish u a speedy recovery as uar a hero dat is needed for lyftym in d rest of d world. Get well madiba d nation depends on u by jabu japhter mabasa

  4. nunu says:

    Tata Madiba. i wish u a speedy recovery we salute u n
    pray for u

  5. Tshepo shibambu says:

    May god bless you Nelson Mandela, you are a really fighter in your own believe.I will always remember you,with the good things that you had done for us.rest in peace Tata

  6. itumeleng khumalo says:

    May ur soulrip we will always love u as a father.may god bless u and ur family

  7. vicky ginya says:

    Rest in peace Tata….I will always remember you.Ugqatso ulufezile Madiba lala ngoxolo

  8. xyzshagggy says:

    Can’t trees grow in Qunu?

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