Mandela daughter expresses hope; calls media 'vultures'
Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 01:00
June 27 - Former South African President Nelson Mandela is responding to touch, says daughter Makaziwe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Former South African President Nelson Mandela is responding to touch and is "still there", his eldest daughter Makaziwe said on Thursday after visiting the critically ill anti-apartheid leader in hospital.
"I'm not going to lie, but I think that for us as his children and grandchildren we still have this hope because, you know, when we talk to him he will flutter, trying to open his eyes and open his eyes. When you touch him he still responds, and I think, for us, as his progeny as long as Tata is still responding when we talk to him, when we touch him, I think that gives us hope," Makaziwe said.
Mandela's daughter also said the family felt that the media which are camped outside the hospital were overstepping the mark, angrily describing them as vultures.
"Actually they are standing right there in the aisle you can't even enter hospital or you can't even go out of the hospital because they are making themselves such a nuisance. It's like truly vultures." .
Mandela's condition improved overnight and is now "stable" while still critical, a government statement said on Thursday.
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