News review sparks Madiba health rumours
Johannesburg - The presidency on Friday moved to quell any fears about former president Nelson Mandela's health, after a flurry of rumours were apparently triggered by a TV news station's review of 2011 stories.
Former president Nelson Mandela was in good health, good spirits and enjoying the festive season at his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, the presidency said.
"The presidency has received calls from the media enquiring about Madiba's health," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.
"It appears that an end of year review done by a media house may have unfortunately triggered a rumour of ill-health."
eNews, in a review of the year, carried file footage of Madiba being taken to hospital in Johannesburg in January 2011.
Maharaj said President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of government and the people of South Africa, wished Madiba a very happy and successful 2012.