Pretoria - South Africans should not be saddened by the
ill-health of former president Nelson Mandela, but should celebrate his life,
the icon's grandson Ndaba Mandela said on Tuesday.
"With less than two weeks to go before the old man's
birthday, it's time to celebrate his life. The old man is very much
alive," he said in Pretoria.
"When I speak to him he responds. Let us not be in a
spirit of sadness but a spirit of celebration, because the old man is still
with us today," Ndaba said.
Visitors continued to stream to the Medi-Clinic Heart
Hospital in Pretoria on Tuesday where Madiba spent his 32nd day in hospital.
Rugby players from Kings College in Wimbledon, London,
visited the hospital on Tuesday morning.
"We came to the hospital to experience the
appreciation people of South Africa are showing Mandela," said Theo
The students are on a two-week rugby tour of South
Africa. Stanley said the team had the morning off in Pretoria and saw fit to
also pay their respects to the ailing former president.
Mandela's ill-health has made news world-wide.
Some of the rugby players said they did not fully
understand the impact his hospital stay had had on them until Tuesday, when
they read the messages left by well-wishers.
They said the story was receiving wide media coverage in
England, with a lot of questions being asked about the country's future after his
"People back home are wishing him a speedy recovery,
but there is also interest in how the country will react to his death,"
Mark Fuller said.