Tata Mandela,

Many of us, as your fellow older persons of South Africa, know first-hand the health realities of old age. When those that are young now get to where we are, they too will understand what it means to have a willing spirit but an ailing body.

All that we really would like to say is that you are constantly in our prayers. To us, you are in no uncertain terms, the moral and political leader of our times. It was by your leadership that we, the older persons, had the courage to fight for freedom and equality. It was through your inspiration that we are privileged to enjoy the fruits of a prosperous and free South Africa in our old age.

To the family we say that you should remain strong during this difficult time.

We salute you Ntathe Madiba, get well.