Clearly the issue of seriousness has been such that President Jacob Zuma has cancelled his trip
says the presidential spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, in Talk Radio 702, according to Mail and Guardian
about the former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
The deterioration in Mandelas health from "serious but stable" to "critical" seems to have caused a switch in the mood of the South African nation, from prayers for recovery to preparations for farewell.
One who is preparing and praying is the AnglicanArchbishop Thabo Makgoba:
And may your blessing rest upon Madiba now and always. Grant him, we pray, a quiet night and a peaceful, perfect, end.