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Well-wishers release balloons for Nelson Mandela

Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 - 00:22

June 27 - South Africans release dozens of white balloons in honor of Nelson Mandela, who remains in a Pretoria hospital. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Well-wishers' messages, bouquets and stuffed animals have piled up at the guarded boundary around the compound where doctors are treating Mandela for a recurrent lung infection. His health deteriorated at the weekend, bringing the sombre realisation for South Africa's 53 million people that the man who epitomised defiance of white minority rule and forged the post-apartheid "Rainbow Nation" may not be with them for ever.

Well-wishers release balloons for Nelson Mandela

Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 - 00:22

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