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Mandela should not suffer, says leader

Rough cut - no reporter narration. Former South African president Nelson Mandela remained in a critical condition in hospital after being admitted more than two weeks ago with a lung infection, the government said in its latest update on Wednesday. Madiba, as he is affectionately known, is revered among most of South Africa's 53 million people as the architect of the transition to multi-racial democracy after three centuries of white domination. However, his latest hospitalisation - his fourth in six months - has reinforced a realisation that the father of the post-apartheid "Rainbow Nation" will not be around forever. Phathekile Holomisa is a member of parliament and president of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa. He said Mandela's life should not be prolonged if he is suffering. "If Madiba is no longer enjoying life and he is basically on life support systems and therefore he is not appreciative of what is happening, I think the good Lo

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