message from a resident in Houghton, responding to news about the ailing former South African first black President, Nelson Mandela who has spent a third day in hospital today.
While speaking to the newsmen, Jenny Ginsberg said she felt that Madiba had been suffering a great deal, going in and out of hospital in recent months.
“If Madiba’s quality of life is being compromised … if he can’t enjoy his life anymore, then we should all let him go.“Madiba has always been an amazing neighbour to have as he would always stop and chat with everyone irrespective of their colour,” Ginsberg said.
Churchgoers gathered at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto to pray for Madiba’s recovery.
Government officials have given no update on his health since announcing that the 94-year-old was admitted early Saturday and was in a “serious but stable” condition with a recurring lung infection.
“We wish Madiba a speedy recovery, but I think what is important is that his family must release him,”
“I’ve seen my father and he’s well. He’s a fighter,” his daughter Zindzi told The Guardian newspaper on Sunday.
“He’s a legend in our country,”
According to the Sunday Times newspaper’s stark front page headline was: “It’s time to let him go”.
“We wish Madiba a speedy recovery, but I think what is important is that his family must release him,” Mandela’s long-time friend Andrew Mlangeni, 87, told the Sunday Times, using his clan name.