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article imageHope turns to resignation as Mandela is put on life-support

By Abdul Kuddus     Jun 26, 2013 in World
Pretoria - Nelson Mandela is on a life-support system following deterioration of his health at a hospital in Pretoria, according to the South African government.
He has been hospitalized since June 8 for a recurring lung infection, and authorities described his condition as critical in the last few days.
Mandela is no longer able to breathe unassisted, according to reports.
Outside the Pretoria hospital where Mr. Mandela is being treated for the past 19 days, well-wishers continue to lay flowers and cards wishing the best for the anti-apartheid icon.
Well-wishers hung balloons, stuffed animals and prayers along the wall outside the Pretoria hospital.
“For the first time the South African people appear to be accepting that the end of this remarkable life is approaching,” Sky news reported.
Reportedly, the office of President Jacob Zuma asked the nation to pray, adding that South Africa had to accept that "Madiba is old".
As South Africa remained on edge, and the people unwilling to prepare for the worst—to let go their beloved leader, an archbishop visited Mandela at the hospital and conducted prayers calling for "a quiet night and a peaceful, perfect, end" for the former president.
"Fill them with your holy courage and the gift of trusting faith, and take away their fears so that they may dare to face their grief," he said, according to a copy of the prayer posted on the Bishop’s website.
A lady while reading the messages for Mandela pinned on the wall of Pretoria hospital said:
"He has done so much for this country, it is terribly sad but we have to accept it however hard it may seem."
One note tied on the neck of a teddy bear reads:
“Thanks for everything you’ve done for our country.”
Hailed as the founding father of South Africa's democracy, Mandela endured 27 years of prison against apartheid—South Africa’s racial segregation enforced for more than 45 years.
During his 27 years of imprisonment, Mandela inspired a generation of those fighting South Africa's white-minority rule at home and abroad.
His release in 1990 marked the end of apartheid. He was elected the South Africa’s first black president in 1994, four years after he was released from prison.
As the whole world waits in wishing that South Africa’s beloved Madiba recovers, no one is really sure if he will be able to make it this time.
“It may not be long until South Africa is forced to confront the reality that some hoped would never come,” says CNN.
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