Johannesburg - South African celebrities wished former
president Nelson Mandela a speedy recovery on Wednesday.
"The man [Mandela] has done incredible things for us
as a nation and the years have caught up with him," singer Lira said in
"We should send prayers that he is not in too much
discomfort in his old age. Prayers of support to his family. We all love him as
a nation but we must understand that he is an old man."
Mandela was hospitalised in Pretoria over the weekend. He
was flown from his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.
On Wednesday, the presidency said the 94-year-old was
suffering from the recurrence of a previous lung infection but was responding
Singer Chommie said South Africa needed Mandela and he
was loved by everyone - nationally and internationally.
"Something tells me in my heart that Nelson Mandela
will be around us for more years to come," she said.
"Tata we wish you well. We still want you around us
and we still want you to be present when we have our kids. You think of South
Africa and you think of Nelson Mandela. We pray that God keeps you with
"Madiba please get well soon. We accept that you are
not young anymore... We wish we could keep you in a little bubble so you can
stay with us forever," she said.
"We wish you recover so you can go home and enjoy
Christmas with your family. The first time the world saw Tata Madiba dancing
was in Scotland with me, when he received an award. I miss dancing with
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