By Mirembe Martina
South Africa is already in a state of mourning ahead of former president, Nelson Mandela’s death.
Mandela who is at the moment critically ill in hospital is said to still be alive. However, South Africa has lost hope for his recovery as many show signs that the 94-year-old is already dead.
Mandela’s relatives have already visited a grave site in Qunu where all members of the Mandela family are buried. It is not clear what their motive for visiting the grave site was but it is also common in Xhosa custom for a family to visit a grave site when they sense that a member might soon join the ancestors, or to speak to the ancestors to spare them for a while longer.
Despite one of his granddaughters, Ndileka telling AFP yesterday that his condition was now “stable”, South Africa president, Jacob Zuma today said his state was still unchanged.
Archbishop of Cape of Good Hope and leader of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Thabo Makgoba went to the Pretoria hospital where Mandela is hospitalized to pray for him together with Graca Machel, Mandela’s wife of 15 years and other family members.
On Sunday, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba called on the South Africans to prepare for mourning Mandela and he echoed the same words Tuesday.
His family members have already prayed for a ‘peaceful end’ for the anti-apartheid hero served 27 years in jail for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government.