June 24 - South Africans react to the news that former president Nelson Mandela's condition has deteriorated to critical. Paul Chapman reports.
At the Balalaika Hotel in Johannesburg South Africans were watching and waiting for news of Nelson Mandela. Word that the 94-year-old former president is in a critical condition in hospital has saddened the nation. (SOUNDBITE)(English) TSEPHA LANGA, HOTEL BAR CUSTOMER, SAYING: "He is absolutely an icon and if he's gone we just have to accept that he will be gone but his teachings, what he stood for, we all - I'm sure - we have all learned, we should be able to live with it and reproduce it wherever we go." (SOUNDBITE)(English) LORENE, HOTEL NIGHT DUTY MANAGER, SAYING: "I wish him all the best but I think he's lived a fulfilled life and I think it's good that South Africans look up to him and yes, I think it's a sad moment for South Africans as well. Word of Mandela's worsening condition emerged in a government statement on Sunday He was rushed to hospital on June 8 when a lung infection flared up again. He's revered as a hero of the fight against apartheid and the architect of the nation's transition to democracy after three centuries of white domination.