Allow Mandela to age with dignity - Zuma

2011-02-10 22:07

kalahari.com

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma urged South Africans Thursday to let Nelson Mandela grow old with dignity on the eve of the 21st anniversary of his release from jail.

Delivering his annual State of the Nation address, Zuma said Mandela was receiving good medical care after his recent hospital stay for an acute respiratory infection and should be allowed to recover in privacy.

"We need to accept the reality that President Mandela, who is loved by all of us, young and old, men and women, black and white, is not young anymore," Zuma said.

"He will, from time to time, visit medical facilities for checkups, which is normal for a person of his age. We should allow him to do so with dignity, and give the family and the medical team the space to look after him, on our behalf, in privacy."

Mandela's grandson Mandla, a traditional chief, member of parliament and head of the family, said before the president's speech that his grandfather was doing well.

"My grandfather is doing all right," he said.

"We have as a family welcomed people's contribution in ensuring that my grandfather gets better."

Free man

Dressed for the opening of parliament in traditional Xhosa attire with a lion's skin over one shoulder, Mandela said the family left medical issues to his grandfather's doctors but welcomed prayers from South Africans and the international community.

"We continue to hope that he gains his strength and he continues to enjoy 21 years of his freedom as a free man living in South Africa unconditionally."

Mandela was released from 27 years in prison on February 11 1990, ushering in an inclusive democracy four years later after decades of white-minority rule.

The Mandela family plans to mark the anniversary at home with Madiba whose health caused a wave of concern last month when he was admitted to Johannesburg's Milpark Hospital for a two-day stay.

"We usually gather at home and spend that time with the family and my grandfather to celebrate his 21 years of him being a free man and a free citizen of South Africa," Mandela said.

"So we'll probably mostly be gathered at home tomorrow."

The 92-year-old Nobel peace prize winner, who stepped down after serving just one five-year term as president, was likely to watch Zuma deliver speech on television in Johannesburg, his grandson said earlier in the day.

Read more on:    nelson mandela  |  jacob zuma  |  parliament 2011  |  state of the nation
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Wine
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Goodwood 09:44 AM
Road name: N7 Vanguard Drive Southbound

DELAYS approaching Voortrekker Road

Big Bay 09:31 AM
Road name: Otto Du Plessis Drive

ROADWORKS - off-peak stop / go controls between Big Bay and Melkbosstrand

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is the end of the month and there may be a strong focus on organising finances. You may have found a need to reconstruct or...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.