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South Africans fear for Mandela

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 - 01:09

June 24 - South Africans react to the news that former president Nelson Mandela's condition has deteriorated to critical. Paul Chapman reports.

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At the Balalaika Hotel in Johannesburg South Africans were watching and waiting for news of Nelson Mandela. Word that the 94-year-old former president is in a critical condition in hospital has saddened the nation. (SOUNDBITE)(English) TSEPHA LANGA, HOTEL BAR CUSTOMER, SAYING: "He is absolutely an icon and if he's gone we just have to accept that he will be gone but his teachings, what he stood for, we all - I'm sure - we have all learned, we should be able to live with it and reproduce it wherever we go." (SOUNDBITE)(English) LORENE, HOTEL NIGHT DUTY MANAGER, SAYING: "I wish him all the best but I think he's lived a fulfilled life and I think it's good that South Africans look up to him and yes, I think it's a sad moment for South Africans as well. Word of Mandela's worsening condition emerged in a government statement on Sunday He was rushed to hospital on June 8 when a lung infection flared up again. He's revered as a hero of the fight against apartheid and the architect of the nation's transition to democracy after three centuries of white domination.

South Africans fear for Mandela

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 - 01:09

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