“I’ve seen people who are on their last hours and I could sense that he is now giving up,” said Holomisa, who is the leader of the United Democratic Movement in parliament.
“You could see it is not Madiba anymore,” Holomisa added, using Mandela’s clan name.
Holomisa said he had previously seen Mandela earlier this year in the hospital.
“This time around he was not on life support,” Holomisa said, adding that Mandela was lying on his bed. “I could see that his condition had deteriorated.”
Mandela’s former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, said last month that he was unable to speak because of tubes that kept his lungs clear of fluid, according to The Sunday Independent, a South African newspaper.
Holomisa said he spent almost an hour at Mandela’s home until around 7 p.m., or about two hours before Mandela died Thursday night.