JOHANNESBURG — Former president Nelson Mandela’s eldest daughter says the family is taking it one day at a time as her father remains in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital, but she believes he is at peace.
“All we do every day is take one day at a time and pray to the good Lord,” Makaziwe Mandela told CNN.
“All I pray for as a daughter is that the transition is smooth . . . He is at peace with himself. He has given so much to the world. I believe he is at peace.”
The family was unsettled by some media reports.
“Nelson Mandela’s blood runs through these veins. Our veins. Give us the space to be with our father. Whether these are the last moments with us to be with our dad, or there is still a longer, but they must back off.” CNN reported that she also addressed how much medical treatment her father should receive.
“In our culture, the Tembu culture
. . . you never release the person unless the person has told you: ‘Please my children, my family, release me.’ My dad hasn’t said that to us.
“So these people who want to talk about, you know, release him: he hasn’t said we should release him and we haven’t come to the end yet. It is only God who knows the end.”
Meanwhile, people waited with bated breadth for news about Nelson Mandela on Monday morning after the presidency said his condition was critical.
“The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical,” the presidency said on Sunday night.
The 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon has been in hospital since June 8, fighting a lung infection.