Visiting Madiba

madiba2Whether you pick up a newspaper or peek into the Twitterverse, it’s unignorable that Nelson Mandela is on everybody’s minds and hearts. madiba3

Since I’m in Pretoria right now, we took a walk along the ‘Mandela wall’ outside the Heart Hospital where our former president is (hopefully) getting all the peace and care one could wish him.

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Posters with national and international names stand next to cards with toddler handwriting (and spelling…) as a country wishes their hero well.

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On the more realistic and far less colourful side of the street there’s a long line of media trucks with international journos looking a little to bored. They’re joined by a little posse of policemen who’s most exciting task seems to be keeping people like me from sitting on the pavement (?).

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The country is still stuck in a limbo of half waiting half mourning, but it was nice to feel a little more in touch with it that flicking through mandela hashtags.

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Go in peace, Madiba.

 

 

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