South Africa – Nelson Mandela has been in under intensive care for a week now. His condition remains critical although it is reported that he is stable and comfortable. The 94-year-old Madiba was admitted to hospital in the early hours of Saturday, June 8 for a recurring lung infection.
President Zuma together with other ANC officials visited Mandela at the Heart Hospital in Pretoria and released a statement saying he is pleased with the medical progress thus far and it appears that Mandela is getting better.
Zuma the president of South Africa said people must focus on the legacy of Mandela, not just his presidency and reconciliation of truth policies, but on the prisoner Mandela, the struggles and hardships he endured during his life. The citizens of the country and others worldwide will always reminisce about the battle and his legacy of freedom, but we need to be reminded that he has a dark side to, part of a revolutionary group who killed many innocent people during their freedom struggle.
It is also reported that his family members, including his daughter who returned from Argentine this week are regular visitors at the hospital. Mandela’s grandson Mandla issued a statement to the press this week, thanking the people of South Africa and worldwide for the prayers offered. He did not whisper a word on the health condition of Mandela.
The media contingent posted outside of the hospital, and the security remains intense. This is causing distress for other patients in the hospital. It is also reported that the South African Defense Force is on standby for Mandela, now it is not exactly known why, but one can assume that the government are preparing for a public outcry when the death of Mandela is announced. Alternatively, they could be on standby to escort the frail Mandela home to live the rest of his life in peace.
Mandela is an ordinary person, he is not immortal, as many would love him to be, it is time for the citizens of South African and his worldwide followers to let him go. He has served the country well, and we should all remember his legacy of peace and reconciliation. He is after all not the first man on this wonderful earth to change a disastrous situation into a peaceful transition. Many others offered their lives and services for the same cause.
In all the admiration shown toward Mandela, we seem to forget that FW De Klerk played a vital role in the peaceful reconciliation of democracy of South Africa.
Let South Africa embrace its future based on the structures Mandela implemented, honesty, integrity and truth. We cannot live in the past and cast the blame on apartheid for all the present wrongs surrounding the country. We need to be honest, truthful, and move forward with the hope, glory and vision that Mandela had for this country.
Mandela who remains in hospital a week after his admission had certainly brought the people of all races, cultures and ages together in a strong display of unity, and this is how the majority should move forward.
Witten by Laura Oneale