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it is common in Xhosa custom for a family to visit a gravesite when they sense that a member might soon join the ancestors, or to speak to the ancestors to spare them for a while longer.
Nelson Mandela: South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says Barack Obama will still meet 'Madiba'
On Friday, before Mr Mandela's health took a downturn, Ben Rhodes, a deputy US national security adviser, said of the visit: "Ultimately, we want whatever is in the best interests of his (Mandela's) health and the peace of mind of the Mandela family. We will be in touch with them. If he has an opportunity to see the family in some capacity, that's certainly something that we may do."
Originally posted by KaelemJames
The activity i mentioned in my OP is not at the hospital or at the gravesite. It is at his private residence (Mandela House) which is in Johannesburg.
edit on 09/02/2012 by KaelemJames because: (no reason given)