South Africa – Obama has private meeting with Mandela relatives

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US President Barack Obama has met the family of his “inspiration” Nelson Mandela but decided not to visit the former SA president in hospital.

Despite tentative signs of an improvement in the condition of Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama decided not to visit Mandela out of fear for disturbing his 'peace and comfort'. (Gallo)                    
Despite tentative signs of an improvement in the condition of Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama decided not to visit Mandela out of fear for disturbing his ‘peace and comfort’. (Gallo)

US President Barack Obama on Saturday met the family of former president Nelson Mandela but was unable to visit the anti-apartheid legend who remains critically ill in hospital.

Despite tentative signs of an improvement in the condition of Mandela, Obama decided not to visit Mandela out of fear for disturbing his “peace and comfort”.

Instead Obama met privately with some relatives of the revered leader, including two daughters and several grandchildren and spoke by telephone with Mandela’s wife Graça Machel.

“I expressed my hope that Madiba draws peace and comfort from the time that…

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