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Commentary: Mandela death watch offers final lesson from leader

6:13 PM, Jul. 22, 2013
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Is this what they mean by a death watch? Nelson Mandela, the father of his country, a moral icon to the world, lies in a hospital bed as cameras wait outside and newspaper headlines offer a daily prognosis:

"Mandela on Life Support." "South Africans Asked to Pray for Mandela." "Mandela Remains Critical, Responds to Treatment." "It's Time to Let Him Go."

After a visit, President Jacob Zuma declares himself "encouraged" that Mandela "made a few gestures of acknowledgment, like moving his eyes." Another old prison mate, Andrew Mlangeni, 87, says it's time for Mandela's "release." ...

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