Cabinet reassures country on Madiba’s health

2013-06-13 13:13

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Cabinet has reassured the country that former president Nelson Mandela was receiving the best medical treatment as he spent a sixth day at a Pretoria hospital.

In a statement released today, following a normal Cabinet meeting yesterday, government also appealed to the media to afford the former statesman and his family privacy while he recovers.

“Cabinet wishes President Nelson Mandela a speedy recovery and reassures the nation that he is receiving the best medical care.

“Cabinet is pleased that he is responding well to treatment and reiterates the request for the media and the public to respect the privacy of the former president and his family during this period,” read the statement.

It is the first statement released by Cabinet since the ailing Madiba was admitted to hospital on Saturday morning.

Mandela’s family arrived for their visit just before midday as they have had everyday since his admission.

Zindzi Mandela arrived with her children, daughter Zoleka and son Zondwa, all clad in shades. They were followed by South Africa’s ambassador to Argentina and Mandela’s daughter, Zenani, and her children.

Mandela’s grandson and Abathembu chief, Mandla Mandela, was also believed to be inside the hospital.

The ANC Women’s League added its voice to the chorus of well-wishes.

The league said concern for Madiba’s health was a “common thread” throughout all the meetings it held in the Northern Cape this past week.

“The ANCWL is praying with the rest of the country and the world for the speedy recovery of tata Madiba.

“We rest assured in the knowledge that he is receiving the best possible care and join the many voices echoing well-wishes and prayers,” said the league.

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