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Mandela’s Daughter: Family Holding on to Hope

PRETORIA, South Africa — Though anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is critically ill, he is opening his eyes and responding to touch, his oldest daughter said Thursday.

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Nelson Mandela, 1994 (L.A. Times)

Mandela, 94, considered the founding father of South Africa’s modern democracy, has been undergoing treatment at a Pretoria hospital since June 8 for a recurring lung infection.

 

“I reiterate that Tata is very critical, that anything is imminent,” Makaziwe Mandela told state-run South African Broadcasting Corp. “But I want to emphasize again that it’s only God who knows when the time to go is, and so we will wait.”

 

Tata is the the Xhosa word for father.

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