South Africa: Nelson Mandela inspires compatriots , but some warn he shouldn't be on pedestal

  • by: CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 29, 2013 - 8:20 AM

JOHANNESBURG — In November, just before Nelson Mandela's health began a long downward spiral, the leader of a project to build a children's hospital named after the former president briefed him on efforts to raise construction funds. Mandela, 94 years old and infirm, was exasperated by the delays. Then the reflexes of the world statesman took over.

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