Madiba is finally resting: MaMbeki

By Drum Digital
14 December 2013

Former President Nelson Mandela was no longer comfortable during his last period of illness and it’s a relief that he’s now gone and resting in peace, anti-apartheid activist Epainette Mbeki told DRUM.

Former President Nelson Mandela was no longer comfortable during his last period of illness and it’s a relief that he’s now gone and resting in peace, anti-apartheid activist Epainette Mbeki told DRUM on Friday.

MaMbeki, the 97-year-old widow of Govan Mbeki says it broke her heart to see Mandela suffer his illness as he was too old and frail.

Mandela was hospitalised for a recurring lung infection subsequent to his passing last Thursday.

“His death did not really affect me because I was expecting it. I had already released him at the time when he got seriously ill,” MaMbeki told DRUM at her home in Idutywa, the Eastern Cape -50km from Qunu – where Mandela will be buried tomorrow.

“His death wasn’t a shock, because he was too ill. In July when people were praying that Mandela’s speedy recovery, I told one journalist that God should release him because he was not comfortable. He was feeling pain and was of no physical service to us anymore.”

MaMbeki, the mother of former President Thabo Mbeki and Political economist Moeletsi Mbeki, said that although Mandela has been relieved from his suffering on the deathbed, she will miss him as they were “extremely close”.

“When we met, sometimes we forgot that we were politicians. We went on speaking all sorts of things and then after sometime, we would come back to discussing politics. Really, he was just as good as brother to me,” she said with a chuckle.

By Sthembiso Hlongwane and Suprise Mazibila

Pictures by: Mduduzi Ndzingi

Find Love!

Men
Women