He entered the hospital around 2.30pm. Besides that visit, there was little activity outside the hospital where Mandela was spending his 59th day. Only a handful of local and foreign reporters remained outside the hospital.
A few people posed for pictures at a hospital wall adorned with goodwill wishes. Hundreds of people had posted messages of support for Madiba on cards, posters and banners, while others left flowers at the hospital’s entrance. While activity outside the hospital had dwindled in the last few weeks, police officers continued to check all the vehicles entering the facility.
Mandela was hospitalised for a recurring lung infection on June 8. The presidency said last week that the former statesman was in a critical but stable condition. President Jacob Zuma reiterated his call for the nation to continue praying for him.