Mandela critically ill

(92 Posts)
janey68 Sun 23-Jun-13 21:11:50

Not unexpected but nevertheless sad.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23024836

DialMforMummy Sun 23-Jun-13 21:13:29

Very sad.

janey68 Sun 23-Jun-13 21:14:23

will try to link it this time

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23024836

sassytheFIRST Sun 23-Jun-13 21:17:49

It is sad and South Africa will be heartbroken when he dies... But I do think there comes a point when people have to be let go of and allowed to slip away.

Obv don't know if this is the case here but I do hope this great man is being treated with dignity and compassion as well as being given the best medical care iykwim.

Jinsei Sun 23-Jun-13 21:17:56

Sad. sad

meditrina Sun 23-Jun-13 21:21:02

He is a very old man, who has been ill a number of times recently.

It is, sadly, no surprise that the illnesses are becoming more frequent and more severe and I think the nation understands this means his life may be drawing to an end.

One hopes he is at peace.

LEMisdisappointed Sun 23-Jun-13 21:25:33

A great man - that is all i can think of to say

Phoebe47 Sun 23-Jun-13 21:25:45

A remarkable man able to forgive those who treated him and other black people so badly. It is a miracle he has survived to the age he is now given the hard life he lived as a much younger man and his long time in prison. May god bless him.

ExcuseTypos Sun 23-Jun-13 22:21:40

sad

Such a wonderful man, without an ounce of bitterness about what happened to him.

The world needs more people like him.

Snazzywaitingforsummer Sun 23-Jun-13 22:23:09

A pity to lose someone who is such a major figure but he is 94 and has been in poor health for a while. Hoping he is peaceful and surrounded by love.

HarumScarum Sun 23-Jun-13 22:23:35

Very sad indeed. What a wonderful person and what an amazing legacy to have left behind. I think he is kind of the modern version of a saint, without the religious aspect. I hope he's peaceful and I hope his family are at peace, too.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 23-Jun-13 22:51:07

He's an extraordinary human being and one that it's especially hard to lose, for many reasons. sad The world needs more people with his kind of spirit.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Sun 23-Jun-13 22:57:25

Well, he wasn't going to live for ever. He is a very old man, it's not like his life was cut in half.

HarumScarum Sun 23-Jun-13 23:09:29

Um, his life was absolutely cut in half. He was in prison for nearly 30 years for no sensible reason. And he was still able to try to forgive the people who put him there.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 23-Jun-13 23:15:50

Quite Harum

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Sun 23-Jun-13 23:19:25

Well said Harum.

We all know he's an elderly man now, in failing health, but it will still be a great loss and very sad when he dies - a real one of a kind that man! I hope when the time comes it is peaceful for him and he's surrounded by his loved ones.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Sun 23-Jun-13 23:33:57

It just sounds like people want him to go on for them and not for him. He mist be really tired, well he is in critical state. Surely better for him to go. I'm not questioning who he is and what he!s achieved.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 23-Jun-13 23:38:18

I disagree that people want him to go on for them. I think people understand that he is old but will regret his inevitable death when it happens. I also think your post of 22:57 was a bit 'off' tbh.

It's sad. But he's 94. He's going to die one day, as is everyone else. When anyone dies it's sad, but he's so important and crucial to SA history and equality in that country. I hope when he eventually dies, soon or in the future, it's peaceful.

GW297 Mon 24-Jun-13 00:23:38

Thoughts are with his family.

Monty27 Mon 24-Jun-13 00:26:36

Drink he was incaretated for long enough wasn't he? WTF? angry

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 00:42:15

watch "Invictus"

timidviper Mon 24-Jun-13 00:43:23

Harum He wasn't in jail "for no sensible reason". He was in jail for authorising the planting of an ANC bomb which killed and injured innocent civilians. He was offered early release if he renounced violence and refused so remained in jail years longer. Now I agree the regime was abhorrent and that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. Mandela fought against apartheid and to claim there was no reason is to trivialise what he stood for.

He has been a great figure in African politics and, in recent years a great advocate for peace and will be sadly missed when his time comes.

EvenEducatedFleasDoIt Mon 24-Jun-13 01:29:21

timidviper - could you elaborate on the " He was in jail for authorising the planting of an ANC bomb which killed and injured innocent civilians."

I ask as this would be illuminating for the rest of the world. I recall he was imprisoned for 'sedition' against a reactionary and racist regime. But you may know better?

Another lung infection sad If they manage to prolong his life, his health won't be very good probably and he probably won't have a good quality of life. I hope he isn't suffering.

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