Mandela looking well - Michelle Obama

2011-06-22 22:13

Johannesburg - US First Lady Michelle Obama said on Wednesday former South African president Nelson Mandela appeared strong and happy during a meeting with her and her family.

Obama, on a week-long trip to Africa, met the 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon at his home on Tuesday.

Mandela has not been seen in public since he was hospitalised at the start of the year, suffering from a respiratory disease.

"He looked strong, he looked good, he looked...happy. And that was good to see," Obama told reporters travelling with her.

White House officials had hoped Obama would be able to see Mandela during her trip, but the meeting was not confirmed until roughly an hour before it happened.

Mandela met President Barack Obama in Washington in 2005 when he was a senator.

Mandela visited his home village in May, the first time since he spent several days in the hospital in January. Since then he has received medical care at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg. 

Michelle Obama brought her daughters, Sasha and Malia, along with her mother and a niece and nephew for the visit, which included other members of Mandela's family.

  • iamasouthafr - 2011-06-22 22:25

    Warming news..thank you!

      James Weather - 2011-06-22 23:36

      So glad you well Madiba !!! I know you retired and all but please dont you want to have a chat to your anc brothers most importantly malema and ask them please not to destroy your legacy by leading the country that you lived your life for into another Zimbabwe. A reverse aparthate is not the legacy and path you led this country down... Your words command obedience...

      Frungy - 2011-06-23 01:37

      What precisely was she supposed to say, "Yup, he's gonna kick the bucket!". I wouldn't read too much into this.

      TypicalDarkie - 2011-06-23 08:40

      @Frungy that is a sadistic comment, but has some truth to it

      16-12-1838 - 2011-06-23 10:30

      @ All S.Africans - please read "SA SNUBBED BY BRIC INVESTORS" article in bus. section (fin24). We all need to wake TF really!

  • Tshegofatso - 2011-06-22 22:28

    Are those the gloves that Barack went to buy in a Hardware store when it was announced that Michelle is coming to South Africa?

  • makip - 2011-06-22 22:30

    oh what a an angel mrs obama.lots of kisses

  • thetruth - 2011-06-22 23:12

    now go back home and tell u'r warmongering husband that u've met a true of very few the world has produced,like gandhi,mother theresa,muhammad and the dalai lama

      Lennox - 2011-06-22 23:25

      Nice, humble lady meets nice humble guy, touching moment I agree. muhammad???? Madiba's name should not be mentioned in the same breath as Mother Theresa or Gandhi as none of these two were convicted of treason or authorised terrorist activities, not exactly the attributes of a peacemaker.

      John Wilderness - 2011-06-23 01:04

      Oh Lennox please grow a brain. It is only you and your little army of apartheid supporters that have little regard for Mandela while on the international platform he is hailed a hero. Where is your apartheid ideal now and where is Mandela ?

      Joker - 2011-06-23 03:49

      @Lennox what's wrong with being Muslim? Sure you have the Islamic extremists but they are actually a very small group. There are millions of Muslims who are a peace loving people. A while ago somebody tried to demonize BO by posting a clip showing where BO praising Islam and the contributions Islamic people has made to society. I can't understand what's wrong with that, and why we need to be so intolerant of people who have a different faith from ourselves. And the Catholics and the Protestants are at each other again, for what?

      Fantasia - 2011-06-23 09:35

      @Lennox So someone can obly be hailed as a true peacemaker if they were convicted and sent to prison. That is stupid. Ghandi actually spent alot of time in Prison when he was trying to free India from British Rule. Other countries also went through discrimination and they had people who fought for them so i dont see why their names should NOT be mentioned in the same breath. You need a history lesson!!!!

  • thetruth - 2011-06-22 23:31

    @ Lennox yet another colonialist picking and choosing who should be called a peacemaker and who a terrorist...maybe a case of sourgrapes that there was no white name mentioned...

      Lennox - 2011-06-22 23:40

      Did not even look at it from a racial aspect, but seeing that you did , Mother Theresa was a, lets say fair complexioned lady, born in Macedonia.........apologies Lennox.

      V. Zela - 2011-06-23 07:29

      Read his book re Church Street bombing

  • thetruth - 2011-06-22 23:33

    @ Lennox convicted of terrorism by a racist propogandist regime and its ppl...but the world proclaimed him a freedom fighter...

      Lennox - 2011-06-22 23:54

      The world witnessed his power of forgiveness, his people declared him a freedom fighter but his people are not yet free, so is he a freedom fighter?

  • veld66 - 2011-06-22 23:36

    Welcome Michelle to the the continent where those people took yr fore-fathers from,,

      Joker - 2011-06-23 03:59

      MO should have visited Nigeria. That's where most of the slaves came from. None of the slaves came from SA.

      mamakalami - 2011-06-23 08:24

      Joker - Maybe she should have visited Nigeria or Senegal or Angola, who knows? Maybe she is in her rightful ancestral ground as South Africa is recorded as one of the biggest slave traders due to its associations with the Dutch East India Company - thus the establishment of a port in the Cape. Who knows what could have happened then – can’t rule anything out as the slave traders were unscrupulous? The slave traders were collecting, dumping and bartering with their human Cargo that they often lost track of where some of the slaves were from. They often lied about slave origins for profit as well – since the most prized slaves were West African – they were physically stronger and more resilient. Arriving at various ports they often replaced ‘their loses’ and the sick ones with the locals. By 1659 Van Riebeeck possessed a total of 18 slaves, two of whom came from Guinea, one from Madagascar and three from Bengal and the rest were from Angola. His personal preference were slaves from Angola, he didn’t like those from Guinea and Madagascar, believing they were unreliable and likely to desert. Who knows? This could be her home?

      farmworker - 2011-06-23 08:49

      @Joker you partially right; South African were made slaves in their own country by the devil government,but that is all over now.

      lean - 2011-06-23 08:53

      She seemed taller than our blacks, she is from the Nortn not South...

      Joker - 2011-06-23 09:12

      @mamakalami I think you misunderstood me. What I meant was that most slaves in North America was of West African descent, and yes the came from as far south as Angola. South Africa was an importer of slaves, no slaves sent to North America originated from South Africa. That's why I said that if MO wants to visit her roots, it's somewhere in West Africa, not South Africa

      mamakalami - 2011-06-23 10:19

      Joker - You don't know that for a fact - slave traders were low-lives and did anything for a buck and were answerable to no one. Slavery was a very painful period in history and your comment was uncalled for.

      ANCockup - 2011-06-23 13:58

      @Joker they would have sent the SA slaves back....too useless or lazy.

  • thetruth - 2011-06-23 00:05

    @ Lennox yes,very true...theyre economically not free....cos 4% of our local population own 95% of the entire populations natural wealth...i,m sute u know what i mean

      Creeky - 2011-06-23 08:04

      thetruth.... the 4% OWN that 95% because for a simple reason.... IT's CALLED HARD WORK!!!!! They took the RISK... they DID NOT stand around waiting for HAND OUTS!!!

      farmworker - 2011-06-23 08:44

      @Creeky You are really misinformed and like hiding behind a stick. All those wealth were inherited directly or indirectly. Lets rather wait for another 50 years before we could start talking about equal opportunities, until then BEE will ensure we balance this equation and the you can then voice you point about percentages

      lean - 2011-06-23 08:56

      There is plenty of "undisturbed" land in SA, why do they want my profitable farm...Buy a piece of land and start working like I do...

      lean - 2011-06-23 08:57

      There is plenty of "undisturbed" land in SA, why do they want my profitable farm...Buy a piece of land and start working like I do...

      farmworker - 2011-06-23 09:04

      @lean Can you just tell from whom did you buy that farm, could it be your forefathers. #justinterested

      ANCockup - 2011-06-23 13:55

      4% of the population created the wealth while 96% were either on strike or sleeping or drinking beer.

  • Lewsi - 2011-06-23 04:51

    Pity then he refuses to speak up about the current situation in this beautiful country of ours. I suppose everything thats happening has his tacit approval.

  • Sterling Ferguson - 2011-06-23 05:40

    @Joker, you should read your history of the slave trade and find out where all of the slaves came from. The Europeans raided the coast of west Africa, SW Africa, southern Africa and east Africa. As a matter of facts, the country that is called Mozambique was the center of slave trading in southern Africa. all of this became necessary when the English abolished the slave trade in west Africa. The demands for slaves went sky high because of the cotton gin invented in the US. Joker, you are totaled ignorant of the slave trade that lasted for over four hundred years. Portugal went to war against Egypt and destroyed it's navy because they were engaging in the slave trade in southern Africa. The Arabs traded guns to the Africans and had them fighting each other for slaves. Whole ethic groups were wipe out because of tribal warfare caused by the slave trade. Joker, you should read what happened to black Africa from the 15th century through the 19th century.

      Joker - 2011-06-23 09:16

      @sterling you can just read my reply to @mamakalami

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  • Mulondo - 2011-06-23 07:27

    Lennox go to hell

      farmworker - 2011-06-23 08:46

      @Mulondo Why not lead the way and show us all were that is.

  • Gadafi007 - 2011-06-23 07:49

    Lennnox jou swai

      farmworker - 2011-06-23 08:46

      @Gadafi007 o bolele leleme la batho mo bathong

  • zulufox - 2011-06-23 08:11

    she makes reaping carrots look sexy ... i love her!

  • jaycee - 2011-06-23 08:14

    I hope Michelle is enjoying her stay in SA and receive the "gasvryheid" that we are known for. However, Fox News is scratching where it doesn't itch by reporting that Michelle was "snubbed" because Zuma himself was not at the airport to welcome her. But surely these details of diplomatic protocol are determined before the time and Michelle (and US government) must have known that Zuma's wife would receive her. Personally I think there is more affection between the Obamas and stalwarts of the original ANC than with the new greedy elite.

  • Gadafi007 - 2011-06-23 09:37

    @farmworker o nyaka goreng mosha ?

  • Fantasia - 2011-06-23 09:38

    @Lennox So someone can obly be hailed as a true peacemaker if they were convicted and sent to prison. That is stupid. Ghandi actually spent alot of time in Prison when he was trying to free India from British Rule. Other countries also went through discrimination and they had people who fought for them so i dont see why their names should NOT be mentioned in the same breath. You need a history lesson!!!!

  • pugwash - 2011-06-23 12:29

    blah blah blah .....

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