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Nelson Mandela returns to Qunu

2012-05-29 20:20

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela has returned to his hometown of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, the presidency said on Tuesday.

"The presidency requests that the privacy of Madiba and his family be respected during this period," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

He said Mandela had stayed at his Houghton home in Johannesburg for the past few months, while his house in Qunu was refurbished.

On Monday, President Jacob Zuma said Mandela was in good health.

"We constantly assure him of the love, support and good wishes of millions of South Africans and people around the world."

Zuma said Mandela resided at both residences interchangeably, depending on his wishes at any particular time.

"He has indicated his wish to go back to Qunu at this point," Zuma said.

Comments
  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-29 20:30

    Now there is a leader I can respect. Sorry Zoomer you could never come near to matching Madiba who earned his respect.

      Polotic - 2012-05-29 21:59

      419 voters can't be that stupid to think that Zuma is a better president than Madiba.

      Polotic - 2012-05-29 22:47

      Now it's 420.

      Ntokozo Lima - 2012-05-29 22:59

      You like him so much bcos he did not avenge what u have done to him for 27 years...

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-29 23:40

      No I disagree. He was not vengeful. He had a vision and shared that vision with his comrades and together they formed the nucleus of what was hoped to be the party that brought peace and prosperity to this country. Unfortunately some of the methods used in the fight for freedom were destructive and lost innocent lives. The fight against apartheid is what landed him in prison. Just as if someone were to fight the ANC now with bombs in public places, they too would land up in jail. When apartheid ended Madiba did his best to make the dreams come to fruition, but sadly, the team was no longer up to the grueling requirements and the stalwarts dropped one by one. Somehow, the anger and aggression is coming out now and is making the once proud and formidable ANC an object of ridicule. So sad that it has come to this.

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-29 23:49

      @Poloc: Ican also press 420 times on the like button. #Ntokozo Lima. I don't think Stewart did anything to Madiba for 27 years. and I think that man Mandela realised that it was a handful of white people in the old regime that landed him in jail, while quite a number locally AND internationally fought to get him out for those 27 years. Have you got amnesia? are you generalising colour? Because from your comment I could not see how you came to the conclusion that Stewart had anything to do with Mandela's 27 years of hardship...

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-05-30 09:01

      @mihaip007 No one press Unlike that number of times, I have seen it yesterday and I believe news24 webmaster probably threw in 300 Unlikes on the article using an advanced methodology by calling a function. It goes to show how news24 likes tension, I have seen it even with their published articles. Just after two minutes of the article been published, it Stewart's comment had about 400 Unlike, and It is impossible that the article would have been viewed that number of time. I have news24 must do an audit which would prove that the webmaster is fiddling with the Un/Likes. The trend is easy to spot because the article does not even feature on the most viewed article of news24, so is obvious something is fishy here

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-05-30 09:58

      I wonder if anyone has seen what I am talking about

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-30 21:12

      @jakie - REALLY??? is that what you commented about? wow - what about the stuff I said regarding what nkozo said? I mean YES I CAN sit here and press a button, and I get your point about the function (I am a programmer and iCAN do that too with a simple javascript function), but I thought the comment of Nkozo would piss OFF people like me who REALLY try to make this nation work together...!

      Polotic - 2012-05-31 18:08

      Now it is 438. Gee wiz!

  • braamc - 2012-05-29 20:31

    No interest what you have to say Zuma, bless you Madiba

      Gerda Malherbe - 2012-05-29 20:40

      Lekker rus, Madiba.

  • ben.thabang.7 - 2012-05-29 20:36

    lot of wishes to old man.respected one great nelson mandela.no scandals since ever.amannndla....

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-05-29 20:36

    It always brings smiles to my face to hear that Madiba is still doing great

      Dee - 2012-05-29 22:39

      Indeed. And how badly this nation needs his warm embrace right now, and those powerful words of 'the zebra needing black and white stripes'.

  • Mbali - 2012-05-29 20:48

    so what?

  • Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-05-29 21:12

    are leaders born or made? *singing nelson mandela akekho ofana le yena*

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-29 23:21

      I think they are born. Made is a bit like a cheap knockoff don't you think?

  • Andy Siwe Colwana - 2012-05-29 21:15

    wish u well tata u Mandela! u fought for equality in all races, would have thought ur supposedly succesor zuma would learn from tht but th country is divide! wish u wer still a President! stay blessed Madiba' we love u

  • mzwa.chiliza - 2012-05-29 21:25

    Iqhawe lethu Ma Afrika,Our HERO.Tata

  • Michael White - 2012-05-29 21:37

    madiba, you are a man that we all must look up to! you did not rule with hatred or divided intentions, you are the true meaning of Ubunthu, I salute you Madiba, lekker rus.

  • Brad - 2012-05-29 21:48

    Tata Madiba all the best in your twilight years! An example of an excellent leader and example for our African Continent.

      Ayefeli Mudau - 2012-05-30 06:29

      I love Tata

  • Luviwe - 2012-05-29 22:47

    Mr editor where are my comments as well as busisiwe's together with tax?

  • mihaip007 - 2012-05-29 23:54

    Zuma - just go stick your umshimi vavi where the sun don't rise and do everyone a favour and simply shut the hell up... You don't have an ounce of decency in your veins to be able to even comment never mind talking on behalf of that man Mandela...

  • Bheki - 2012-05-30 02:02

    Nelson Mandela Akekho Ofana Naye. Uphile Tata!

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-05-30 02:19

    RIP Madiba, welcome home

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-05-30 05:19

    utata wesizwe iqhawe lamaqhawe inkokheli yesizwe Madiba yemyem ngqolomsila ndikunqwenelela impilo entle zindaba ezimnandi xa ubuyela ekhayeni ndoda yamadoda wancama ubomi bakho uhleli entolongweni usenzela isizwe sonke igugu lesizwe

  • Shellerjc - 2012-05-30 08:39

    WIsh you well Madiba - At least you gained the respect of the people as you had moral standards. Rest well.

  • Maria - 2012-05-30 10:25

    I was passing by your place the other day - Gosh you've got a small heaven there Sir and you deserve everything you've got - God Bless you. I wish I can make you 20 years younger.

  • Maria - 2012-05-30 10:36

    @ Ntokoza Lima - If Madiba buried the hatchet, Why can't you????? Sister to be able to go on with your future, you have to forget your past - period!

  • Nyameko - 2012-05-30 10:45

    Welcome back Baba!!!!Some people in EC gvrnt are tarnishing our province image, thy exploit our tax money, hopeful u will have time to see how detoriorant EC still is nd how malnourish ordinary children are, how situation thy hv to study under are, Look how shattered road from Peddie (Luwis to Fish river) are......ANC is busy spawning empty promises!!!!!*wish u cld hv plan no 2* God bless u nd I wish u more healthy yrs.

  • Yolanda Skweyiya - 2012-05-30 12:31

    ncooo sweet!!

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