Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe Mandela
arrived at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Friday to visit her
She went in with the former president's grandchild Ndileka
Mandela and another woman, also believed to be a grandchild.
On Thursday, Makaziwe told SABC that although her father's
situation "is critical" the family had hope.
"But I think that for us, as his children and
grandchildren, we still have this hope because when we talk to him, he'd
flutter trying to open his eyes," she told SABC.
She expressed dismay about the media camped outside the
hospital, whom she believed were acting like "vultures", and were
being racist and disrespectful to African culture.
After a night of prayer services, an anxious nation waited
for news from the presidency about his condition.
On Thursday, the presidency said Mandela was still
critically ill, but that he had shown an improvement, and his condition was
Unlike in previous days, activity outside the hospital was a
little slower on Friday, but the police were still in place and Celliers Street
remained cordoned off to traffic.
Passing office workers and foreign visitors paused to read a
15-metre long wall of messages, in the form of get-well notes and home-made
cards, and to look at the bunches of flowers left for Mandela.
US President Barack Obama was expected in the country later
His office has said he will take direction from the family
on whether he should visit Mandela, who was admitted to hospital with a recurring
lung infection on 8 June.