Reporter takes trip to South Africa before Mandela's death

By WEEK Reporter

December 5, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 11:58 PM CDT

News 25 and HOI 19's Denise Jackson was in South Africa recently and while there she visited sites associated with Nelson Mandela.

"I was blessed to go to South Africa with my sisters back in April, and one of the highlights of that trip was the opportunity to go by Mr. Mandela's home," said Denise Jackson. "Not only did we do that, but got a chance to tour various sites where he grew up."

"When we went back in April, Mr. Mandela had just gone back into the hospital, and at that time there was international media camped outside his house," said Jackson.

"They had been there on a deathwatch, so to speak, for awhile, and they were camped out with their satellite trucks and so the media was restricted to about a block away from where his house was," said Jackson.

But it shows the international impact of this man.

"People in South Africa hold Mr. Mandela is the very highest regard. They know the rest of the world does so too. So, oftentimes, people said 'we know the whole world is praying for Mr. Mandela,' We heard that a lot while we were there and 'we're grateful so many people think so much of Mr. Mandela," said Jackson.

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