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Mandela’s former guerilla fighter comrades pay tribute

Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 01:21

June 30 - Tributes to Nelson Mandela continued in South Africa on Sunday, including from his former guerrilla fighters who shared a rebel uniform with the man who would later become President. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Paying tribute to an ailing comrade. Nelson Mandela's former guerrilla fighters honored their anti-apartheid leader on Sunday outside a Pretoria hospital. That's where their former President is fighting a recurring lung infection that dates back to his days as a political prisoner. They're soldiers with the former military wing of the African National Congress, which long ago took up arms against the apartheid government. And with them, a portrait of Mandela wearing his own former uniform. Nearby, South Africans from all walks of life streamed past the hospital to honor their anti-apartheid hero. They're just not ready to say goodbye. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH REPRESENTATIVE, DAGNE LATYESE, SAYING: "We need him father to live for thousand years and he's like a father for Africa, so no one will see him dying, we want him to live." In Johannesburg, the Sunday congregation at Mandela's old township prayed for his health. The government has said it hopes the 94-year-old former President will be out of hospital soon. Mandela has been hospitalized for more than three weeks, and remains in "critical but stable" condition.

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Mandela’s former guerilla fighter comrades pay tribute

Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 01:21