Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized with varying reports about his condition, which has deteriorated in recent days.
President Obama, who is in Africa this week, called Mandela a hero on his first stop in Dakar, Senegal.
South Africans around the country are bracing for the news, and praying for his health. Though Johannesburg has become a place for prayer and reflection, it's also as a press hub for scores of international journalists. And the media stir over Mandela's health is causing some angst in the country.
Declan Walsh, reporter for our partner The New York Times, is in Johannesburg reporting on the mood there in what could be Nelson Mandela's final days.
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