Nelson Mandela: Our Madiba, We Love You!

South Africans are awaiting news about the health of Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, who has been admitted to a Johannesburg hospital.

At a school next door to the hospital, children have decorated a fence with colourful pictures of hands and hearts and messages of support.

“We hope you’ll get well soon,” read one.

“Madiba, we love you,” reads a sign in one of the school’s windows.

Ntho Molena, a 16-year-old school pupil, says she and her colleagues are praying for Mandela to get well.

Nelson Mandela spends 27 years in prison for his role in the fight against Apartheid in South Africa, emerging in 1990 to lead the country’s transition to democracy.

As South Africa’s first black president, he defies the threat of civil war to lead a process of reconciliation in a country long divided against itself.

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