Former president Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter Makaziwe is in Qunu in the Eastern Cape
where she has called an urgent and important family meeting.
She is accompanied by her sister Zenani and Madiba's grandson Ndaba as well as
Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa arrived earlier on a separate flight. It is understood that
such a meeting takes place in the Xhosa culture when a family member is critically ill.
According to the inside source the critical Mandela is on life support machine and the family will
decide on whether they should let him go by switching off the machine.
Most of the time only the family members are allowed to make such a decision in situations like this.
However Mandela's elder daughter Makaziwe Mandela told a local newspaper that the family is
not ready to let Mandela go.
She said currently the family is taking it one day at a time to decide on Mandela's life.
She also told CNN that in her culture (Tembu) "you never a person unless her or she has told you so"
She said the people who talk about letting him go must know that they haven't come to the end yet.
" It is only God who knows the end, said Makaziwe
She said whether these were the last moments for them to be with their father or whether they will see
him for many more years, the people must stand back.
On Sunday, the Presidency said that Madiba's health had deteriorated and that he was in critical
There's been no update on Mandela's condition since then.
In the meantime, media presence has continue to grow at the Pretoria hospital where Madiba is being
Well-wishers have turned the security wall of the hospital into a miniature art gallery since the celebrated
anti-apartheid icon was admitted to the facility earlier this month.
This is the fourth admission and one of Mandela’s longest hospital stays since December last year.
Family members have been seen arriving for a meeting in Nelson Mandela’s home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, reporters said on Tuesday.