Balloons, flowers, flags for Mandela

Cards and flowers for Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria
Cards and flowers for Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria

Colourful balloons, flower baskets, and South African flags were among the items left outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where former president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition.

People continued to visit the Celliers Street wall on Sunday, and posed for pictures in front of it.

The shrine of messages continued to grow, with organisations also adding their words of support. One get well poster was from the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court and another from the University of the Free State.

White media marquees lined the street, and journalists took shelter from the heat while keeping a close watch. Police continued to monitor the hospital entrance.

Sunday marked Mandela’s 37th day in hospital. He was admitted on June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

The Presidency said last week that he remained in a critical but stable condition. – Sapa