South Africans Pray For Nelson Mandela As His Condition Improves


A tree considered 'sacred' by the Mandela family stands in the corner... News PhotoCorner,Courtyard,Family,History,Horizontal,Human Interest,Johannesburg,Politics,South Africa,Soweto,Spirituality,TreePhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 31: A tree considered 'sacred' by the Mandela family stands in the corner of the courtyard of the Mandela House and Museum on historic Vilakazi Street in Soweto March 31, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Mandela family considers the tree sacred because the umbilical cords of all of former South African President Nelson Mandela's children and grandchildren are buried at the base of the tree. From 1946 to 1990 this was the home of Mandela, 94, who is in the hospital for the third time since December with lung problems. Referring to Mandela by clan name, Madiba, President Jacob Zuma said, 'We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts.' Mandela's lungs were damaged when he contracted tuberculosis during his 27 years in the infamous Robben Island prison. Mandela became the nation's first democratically elected president in 1994 following the end of apartheid. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)