While the former South African President Nelson Mandela remains still in the hospital owing to his critical health, US President Barack Obama visited Mandela’s daughters and grandchildren in Johannesburg on Saturday. Saturday is the first full day of the US President’s two-day trip to South Africa.
Mr. Obama described meeting the family of Mandela as his “privilege” in a press statement, who is also referred by his tribal name Madiba by many South Africans.
“Today I had the privilege of meeting with members of the Mandela family at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, and spoke by telephone with Mrs. Graca Machel, who remained by her husband’s side in the hospital in Pretoria,” said Obama.
“I expressed my hope that Madiba draws peace and comfort from the time that he is spending with loved ones, and also expressed my heartfelt support for the entire family as they work through this difficult time. I also reaffirmed the profound impact that his legacy has had in building a free South Africa, and in inspiring people around the world – including me.”