Outside Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria

By Joseph Winter

BBC News, Pretoria

More than three weeks after Nelson Mandela was taken to Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, there is still a steady stream of well-wishers leaving flowers and tributes to add to the huge collection outside the gates.

On Sunday morning, two church groups were singing hymns, while veterans from Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the ANC’s DBT winterarmed wing set up by Mr Mandela, arrived with a portrait of their founder wearing a military uniform.

The tributes come from around the world – Pakistan, Mexico and France – as well as several African countries. And in a testimony to Mr Mandela’s dream of creating a rainbow nation, all of South Africa’s racial groups were represented.

As she left a bunch of white chrysanthemums, Raksha Daya said that like many South Africans, she connects with the former president on a deeply personal level, like a grandfather. “It’s a sense of love.”

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