President calls for South Africa to pray for Nelson Mandela
Tammy HughesMr Mandela, 94, has suffered repeated bouts of illness in recent months due to a recurring lung infection and his health worsened over the weekend.
President Zuma spoke affectionately of him as a mood of sombre resignation swept across the country.
Calling him by his tribal name of Madiba Mr Zuma’s own mood switched from prayers for his recovery to preparations for a fond farewell.
He said: “Madiba is critical in the hospital. This is the father of democracy. This is the man who fought and sacrificed his life to stay in prison, the longest-serving prisoner in South Africa.
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"President calls for South Africa to pray for Nelson Mandela", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2013. Consulté le 04/03/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/president-calls-for-south-africa-to-pray-for-nelson-mandela