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Songs and prayer for Mandela

Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 00:42

July 7 - South Africans raise their voices in song and prayer for ailing former president Nelson Mandela, spending his 30th day in hospital. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Well wishers outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated, offered song and prayer for the ailing anti-apartheid hero. Mandela is now spending his 30th consecutive day in hospital, and is said by the South African government to be in a critical but stable condition. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNKNOWN SOUTH AFRICAN CHURCH GROUP MEMBER, SAYING: "A prayer to Tata Mandela, the international icon. Somebody who taught us what unity is." Mandela is receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection, his fourth hospitalisation in six months. The failing health of 94-year-old Mandela, a figure admired globally as a symbol of struggle against injustice and racism, has reinforced a realisation that the father of the post-apartheid South Africa will not be around for ever.

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Songs and prayer for Mandela

Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 00:42