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Let Mandela go, his friend tells nation

South Africans were urged to let go of their beloved hero Nelson Mandela on Sunday after the ailing 94-year-old spent a second night in hospital with a recurrent pneumonia infection.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2013 09:18 IST

South Africans were urged to let go of their beloved hero Nelson Mandela on Sunday after the ailing 94-year-old spent a second night in hospital with a recurrent pneumonia infection.

Officials have not released an update on Mandela’s health since announcing that he was back in hospital and was in a “serious but stable” condition more than 24 hours ago.

“It’s time to let him go,” was the front-page headline in the Sunday Times with a picture of the former statesman smiling and waving. “We wish Madiba a speedy recovery, but I think what is important is that his family must release him,” long-time friend Andrew Mlangeni, 87, told the newspaper, using Mandela’s clan name.

“You (Madiba) have been coming to the hospital too many times. Quite clearly you are not well and there is a possibility you might not be well again.”

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It is the fourth hospital stay for Mandela, who turns 95 next month, since December.