Mandela family prays for “peaceful, perfect, end”

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FOR MADIBA. South African Police Services trainees bring flowers and messages of support at the entrance to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, 25 June 2013 where former president Nelson Mandela is believed to be undergoing treatment for a recurring lung infection. EPA/STRINGER
Nelson Mandela’s close family gathered to hear a sombre prayer wishing the anti-apartheid icon a “peaceful, perfect, end” as he lay in hospital in a critical condition with life seemingly slipping away. Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba visited Pretoria’s Mediclinic Heart Hospital to pray with wife Graca Machel “at this hard time of watching and waiting.” Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, who spent 27 years behind bars for his struggle under white minority rule and went on to become South Africa’s first black president, was admitted on June 8 with a recurrent lung infection. The archbishop’s prayer seemed to echo a growing feeling of inevitability about Mandela’s condition that is increasingly voiced by South Africans, to whom he remains a moral giant, even though he stepped back from public life a decade ago.


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