Winnie in tears as she leaves hospital

2011-01-27 14:05

Johannesburg - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was in tears after visiting Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Thursday where former president Nelson Mandela was being treated.

She wiped her eyes and blew her nose as she left the hospital around 13:30.

Madikizela-Mandela was with Mandela's eldest grandson, chief Mandla Mandela and other family members.

Anti-apartheid activist Albertina Sisulu earlier entered the hospital in a wheelchair and was later seen driving out. She smiled and waved at photographers.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, Mandela's personal assistant Zelda la Grange, and the daughter of Mandela's wife Graca Machel arrived earlier.

Senior military officials were also seen entering hospital grounds.

Journalists barred from hospital

Three journalists from a Chinese news agency who managed to sneak past security and get into the hospital had their cameras confiscated by police. Media were barred from entering the hospital premises and could only get a clear view of the area by parking on a nearby bridge, overlooking the hospital.

Police questioned the journalists about how they got into the facility and searched their pockets.

A police officer at the scene said to one of them: "If you're bad to us we will be bad to you".

As they drove out of the hospital gates, police returned their cameras.

Police and sniffer dogs earlier scoured the area around a temporary barricade of dark green shade netting and potplants set up to hide the rear entrance.

No comment

There has been no word on the 92-year-old statesman's condition. The hospital was not planning to comment.

Mandela was admitted there on Wednesday for what the Nelson Mandela Foundation called "routine tests".

The hospital public relations officer was seen taking refreshments and newspapers into the wing where Mandela was being treated.

There had been no further word from the Foundation by 13:30 on Thursday.

  • Janaman - 2011-01-27 14:21

    im hoping the reason Winnie left in tears is cos Nelson told her that she should be the one dying! i really hope these so called "routine checks" are not as serious as people think. Nelson fought alot hard battles then this! you can do it!

      jouplesier - 2011-01-27 16:02

      everyone dies sometime, stop putting such high expectations on the man...let him find peace in his own way

      ian.teall - 2011-01-27 18:19

      She blew her nose on her sleeve. As for the crocodile tears, joy maybe?

      Heks - 2011-01-27 19:23

      you people think so highly of Mandela, so why do you think he could say bad things to Winnie.

      Mundu - 2011-01-27 20:18

      Maybe Gracia told to get out after bitch slapping her? Ex wives & current wives are most likely not so pally.

      immelmap - 2011-01-27 23:10

      The vultures work overtime.Maybe they know something

  • Dlangi - 2011-01-27 14:21

    what if he's past? im smelling a rat but thats not my wish

      Ashok - 2011-01-28 10:50

      My sentiments exactly. Guess we all have to wait till 12:30 today to get the news.

  • Paul - 2011-01-27 14:23

    Bull. This is not routine tests. Daar is n' drol in die drinkwater.

      Mr.Glum - 2011-01-27 14:58

      So dink my neus ook... more that one day for routine exam and why all the high profile visitors streaming in? I'm not saying he is dying, or anything, but if something is wrong I hope there is no coverup?

      Paul - 2011-01-27 16:16

      Not sure what provoked this. I would say thet you are half right, Mandela was a more popular and likeable man I am sure. The problem is in the 60's white men were taught to hate. Then we were taught to fight those we hate. We killed many black people and were given medals for it. Can you imagine when we suddenly realised we were wrong? Some of my army buddies commited suicide. All of us have had drinking and marital issues. Given that, we have done well to integrate into a new South Africa. My kids go to University and have black lecturers. If you told me in 1976 that this would happen I would have punched you. I hope the next generation and my kids kids do not have to see some of the horrors we saw. Having supported the NP and having seen where it got us, I refuse to sit idle and let the ANC take the same path. BEE , information bills etc will take us back to 1961 and fuel the same hatred. Eugene Terrablanche was a dinosaur who could not make the adjustment. Pity him for he was a fool, but going to hell is not for him, he was still defending a long gone, much hated past. God sal hom vergewe.

      JohannV - 2011-01-27 16:22

      My post also removed. I think Winnie is the moderator. lmao

      Flee - 2011-01-27 16:24

      Khubza... WTF has Madiba being in for tests got to do with ET.. Pauls point is that it is rather suspicious that the tests have taken longer than the norm... and possibly that we haven't heard from The Mandela Foundation... Get off your high horse, or fall of like ET did and get over yourself...

      william.botha - 2011-01-27 21:20

      @Paul-You are talking pure feces sir. We were not taught to hate. Please come up with anything to substantiate that. It is blatant and pure BULL SHEIT

      Jamesons - 2011-01-28 04:11

      yes paul, Maybe you where taught to hate. not me as a white folk. I feel sorry for you that your parents brought you up like that. take a bath, I can smell you from here

      Andre - 2011-01-28 14:26

      Moenie jou K@k huwelik op apartheid blameer nie. Jy is nooit geleer om te haat nie. Jy het net 'n k@k opvoeding gehad. Jou avatar is die grim reaper en jy het geen vriende op Facebook nie. Sny jou polse man.

  • faxm88 - 2011-01-27 14:32

    The old man told her to get the hell out of he's site that is why she is crying - 2011-01-27 15:00

      Only because she was showering at zumas place..ha ha ha..

      LBS - 2011-01-27 15:32

      My thoughts exactly!

  • themantshepo - 2011-01-27 14:34

    arghhhb winnie is just desperate and dateless after the old man dumped her thats all... the big chief is fine no worries....

      Honeybabe - 2011-01-27 14:44

      Running away from what could be reality?

      pointblankza - 2011-01-27 14:45

      Dude we all hope so, but he is 92... it is time to face reality and accept his time is near. It might not be now but it will be soon.

      Rob - 2011-01-27 14:53

      Paul you're an idiot

      nOs.gUrU - 2011-01-27 15:03

      Hahahaa, bhahbhaahh!! Priceless

      Apricotkisse - 2011-01-27 15:10

      My heart goes out to Nelson and his family. Ex-wife or no ex-wife, she was still a big part of his life and most probably still is. It was and is his choice to have Winnie in his life. Lets respect the choices he makes, cause lets face it, no one in this life is perfect. Even if we try to be. Lets respect his family, like he has respected all of us for so many years. He did not once comment on the choices we made about who we married. Lets not judge.

      Lekabisto - 2011-01-27 15:58

      Tshepo the man, there will be plenty of articles for you and Paul to have go at it each other, right now we just all need to pray and hope together that this great man Madiba gets his well health back!

      Dan - 2011-01-27 16:06

      @themantshepo. Very much uncalled for and in very bad taste. Rather stay off this blog.

      Heks - 2011-01-27 19:29

      Lekabisto. How much longer do you want Mandela to live. He is frail, he is tired. Anyway it is not for you, me or him to decide.

  • Honeybabe - 2011-01-27 14:43

    Winnie in tears?

      Willem - 2011-01-27 14:53

      Yes, he couldn't remember who she was... Alzheimer. - 2011-01-27 15:03

      ja RIGHT!!!

  • pumpkinpiecooking - 2011-01-27 14:44

    really news24 is that the best you can do? sensationalise a runny nose?

  • GP - 2011-01-27 14:51

    Eish, the Chinese trying to sneak past Mandela's room for quick snaps! If the media are to get that far, rather we don't see such pics with "made from China" tag to it.

      Willem - 2011-01-27 15:29

      Jip - no rino horn there....

  • Cire - 2011-01-27 14:59

    Is it possible that Winnie was crying because Mandela told her that he was leaving his fortune to Graca?

  • Lehlohonolo - 2011-01-27 15:00

    Madiba, ek se sterkte, want jy is my gunsteling vader na my pa op hierdie aarde. All the people who are nasty on this blog must be barred from ever participating ... like one gbrits and paul who support him and his ilk. Their comments are totally misplaced and should rather be at the museum where apartheid is rotting. I wonder who actually moderates comments to decide on their suitability...I honestly think that person must be fired from this newspaper...really... Once more Madiba...sterkte, my Pa.

      Alwyn - 2011-01-27 15:06

      This country needs to be strong and stand together, now is not the time for racist remarks,foolish jokes or no brain comments,I am a white person,not ANC,But i understand what respect and values mean

      Neo - 2011-01-27 15:23

      Paul you have exposed yourself as a real n@@i.

      damascus - 2011-01-27 15:31

      for ones i agree with the whites. it's no tima at all to put your s#$%. lets just all wish the old man well and leave our problems out of this.@ Alwyn nice one

      Lekabisto - 2011-01-27 15:33

      @Paul... Rob said it, you are an idiot

      daboss247365 - 2011-01-27 15:51

      Yeah, my comments also get selectively deleted. Point is this is the one topic you shoul leave the racist comment out on, if not by sheer common decency, then with the knowledge that if seen by the wrong people, they can spread like fire & cause more damage than you could imagine, to the point of civil unrest... unlikely? not really.

      Paul - 2011-01-27 15:59

      Da Boss, Grow a spine. This is not about race. It is about being able to say what you feel is right. I spend quite a bit of time on websites debating issues with people like you. I do not subscribe to this notion that we have , whereby we have to keep neutral just to be liked. Winnie Mandela is not a nice person. She is a government employee and therefore sets herself up for criticism. I was around in the old days when saying PW is a *sshole would have gotten you thrown in Jail - At best. Now we have given up one tyrant for another? I say, that it is OK to say what you think and defend it. If this is not the case then we accept the fact that we live in North Korea but then Mandelas struggle for freedom is in vain. You cannot have it both ways.

      Dan - 2011-01-27 16:09

      What did Paul say. Everyone is angry and commenting on something he said, but I can't see any weird comment. Did someone remove his comment?

      Zion - 2011-01-27 16:42

      Hey Paul, exaggeration is a powerful figure of speech but when incorrectly used it becomes ineffective. I as an English bloke, in 1988 insulted PW Botha openly for presenting a security patrol boat to a neighbouring State. The reaction was instantly venemous but never was a threat made to chuck me in Jail. I think you were referring to the Societ union.

      Paul - 2011-01-27 17:01

      @ZION, dont know what you said to him, but I can guarantee to you if you said, what I think you might have said, and I was in uniform - I would have hit you with my rifles butt. Perhaps things changed dramatically in the military by the time 1988 came, I klaared uit in 83. And it is not an exaggeration, we were actively looking for instigators and routinely put them in jail. A threat against the Prime Minister would be no laughing matter.

      Leb - 2011-01-27 19:18

      I agree. Too many unacceptable comments still allowed on these forums. There is a fine line between what is acceptable and freedom of speech. Looks like we need to moderate the moderators.

      THE PUNISHER - 2011-01-27 20:28

      Eish, like your brotha julias wants to close down twitta and the next thing he wants to close is da internet?

      Cire - 2011-01-28 10:54

      To all the nazis and stalinists demanding censorship - just because you do not agree with someone does not give you the right to demand censorship of their views. Freedom of speech means that even people who don't agree with you are entitled to have their say. Gettit? I find some of the grovelling and a...licking on this site revolting but I don't demand it be 'moderated' (i.e. censored). So put up with it!

  • Pop Idol - 2011-01-27 15:10

    Mandela is obviously not taking the same medication that Mugabe is..Mugabe will live till 800 years old like those people mentioned in the bible.

  • Sive - 2011-01-27 15:19

    All we need to do is to pray for MY HERO.

      Cire - 2011-01-28 10:55

      You go right ahead and pray

  • ostuurman - 2011-01-27 15:33

    It would be very sad to loose uTata but I think he is old and therefore deserves the rest. Yomelelani lusapho lwaka Madiba. uTata wenu liqhawe.

  • rapatla - 2011-01-27 15:40

    People cry for different reasons. Maybe Winnie is happy that Madiba is looking good. Madiba will still be around for years to come.Amandla!!!!!

  • Mkateko - 2011-01-27 15:51

    Madiba is a strong combrade, lord give him strength to quickly finish the routine checks. We love you TATA.

  • Shado3225 - 2011-01-27 15:54

    I'm not a big Winnie fan, not at all and I would be the first to throw a rotten egg at her is she ever walked passed me, but could we rather leave her alone. This is not the time to be bashing her, regardless of everything she has done she is still the mother of his children. And for the sake of the Mandela family can we rather fill the air with positive energy! My thoughts and all my positive energy go out to Mr Mandela, and a silent prey too. Get well soon, and if it is not to be may your heart and soul be remembered by all. - 2011-01-28 08:26

      Sadly, all Winnie has done is tarnish the Mandela surname.... One wonders just how genuine her 'tears' are.....

      Cire - 2011-01-28 10:57

      Some of us remember Stompie and his mother - do you? And her other victims?

      buzz - 2011-01-28 15:14

      Nope, any time is a good time to have a go at Losie - I mean Winnie

  • Dan - 2011-01-27 16:02

    I always though a serpent doesn't have tears. Never too old to learn. On a more serious note: Something just doesn't seem right. I don't think all is well with Madiba.

  • Abuti - 2011-01-27 16:22

    police should be armed with sharp-nosed boots (kicking bobozas)to kick those journalists in their bums because Utata Mandela is fine and is not gonna die now. winnie is crying tears of joy that Madiba is doing finer than fine, ok!! or do they wish him death? he is only gonna die when at his own time

      Heks - 2011-01-27 20:18

      Abuti, the journalists are doing their jobs. How else would you know what is happening. Why on earth should Winnie cry tears of joy if Mandela dies. That is a silly comment to make!

      Barry M - 2011-01-28 12:12

      What is "Gonna" - is it a disease?

      Barry M - 2011-01-28 12:13

      What is "Gonna" - is it a disease???

      buzz - 2011-01-28 15:14

      @ Barry - you're gonna have to give that one some thought

  • gilliansan - 2011-01-27 16:31


  • Gaina - 2011-01-27 17:01

    Hope she will behave herself in the days to come and not embarrass the country.

      Cire - 2011-01-28 10:58

      Too late!

      Barry M - 2011-01-28 12:10


  • bb - 2011-01-27 18:25

    The press is really being badly behaved.

  • Chris Moyles - 2011-01-27 18:27

    I have just heard the sad news that Nelson Mandela has been given thelast rights. The world will shortly be in mourning.

      sakkie - 2011-01-27 20:13

      Firstly, it's "last rites". And secondly, he's methodist, and methodists don't practise last rites. Stop talking k@k

      zip reeper - 2011-01-27 20:36

      they were his last rights. half the bullion in the reserve bank, plus free travel for his family for life

  • Yoni - 2011-01-27 18:39

    Wow, a routine checkup and the whole Gravy Train comes rushing in, was Tony Yengeni also there? Maybe Winnie is hoping she might inherit something? I've heard she launched her own perfume brand - You're the Tyre!!

      mariabadenhorst - 2011-01-27 22:00

      Yoni......I like your smart approach but dignified,,,, i think she has enough ,as for the perfume,,,,i presume it smells like my cat litter box when it needs to be changed,let Winnie try everything it is a sound of boredom,poor woman . AG Shame,

  • Andy49 - 2011-01-27 19:01

    I think he told her to apologise to the cops that she verbally abused. The last time I left a hospital I wiped my forehead & scratched my arse.

      Mgayi - 2011-01-28 12:22

      That's a good one hihihihi

  • Misan Thrope - 2011-01-27 19:32

    There is a right time for debate and constructive criticism but now is certainly not the time to be insulting Mrs Madikizela. Have a heart!! This is a time tough for the family and a time when we should control ourselves and wait for a more appropriate time and possibly a more appropriate forum to vent our frustrations. Come on people, show a bit of tolerance now.

      GetReal - 2011-01-28 08:14

      I feel rocks for "Mrs" Mandela. She deserves all the pain and suffering that can be brought onto her... It is so easy to just forget the pain suffered by Stompie's family and friends. Rot in Hell "Mrs" Mandela!

      buzz - 2011-01-28 15:16

      As I said elsewhere, any time is a good time to slate winnie

  • GH - 2011-01-27 19:34

    I would not wish Winnie's life on anybody. Have a little heart and give her a break.

      Barry M - 2011-01-28 12:09

      One broken neck coming right up!

  • Barry - 2011-01-27 20:06

    He probably told her she was out of the will.

  • Elizabeth - 2011-01-27 20:13

    Paul,I don't know what Mandela being ill has to do with the war you fought in the 60's. If you have not noticed we are 40 years down the line. Yes, i agree in freedom of speech but have some respect, most of us who read this article feel worried and sad that maybe Madiba is seriously ill, I don't think this is the blog where you should be saying things like this. Instead of only finding fault, look at his example of forgiveness. Winnie may have her faults, but it is not our place to judge her.

  • THE PUNISHER - 2011-01-27 20:22

    She heard she will inherit nothing. Only a portrait of a dead stompie

      mariabadenhorst - 2011-01-27 22:02


  • zip reeper - 2011-01-27 20:34

    you guys are terrible. the man is dead

      sakkie - 2011-01-27 20:40

      stop trolling and get a life

  • thabiso - 2011-01-27 20:54

    the only reason mamma Winnie is at the hospital is because of the press being present....this is the woman who f%&**& around with other men when her husband was in prison....oh, now the tears.....cameras roll..I'm ready for my close up

  • Mtobeli - 2011-01-27 20:54

    Mama wesizwe Winnie and your family lets just pray and leave everything to God.Graca Machel be strong mama like every women and what is happening is going to pass in your husband.To ANC members and the entire country lets be posive and have faith. I do have a positive thinking that tata is going to return back from hospital.

  • sheila.busai - 2011-01-27 21:28

    I send my prayers up for the man I respect most among all leaders! May the peace of the Lord be with you!Amen.

  • mariabadenhorst - 2011-01-27 21:51

    Paul you soo mhcccc rubbbusuhus,,,,,,,,,,do you know what you trying to say... i do take offense when you start with Hero E Terrblance, ,,it shows how uneducated you are shame Paul, you need to start with small words, but it will help brother. If the people in the bush try do not leave yourself behind.... we need a bit if everything to mold our land,go to bed early as a good sleep sharpens your memory, I wish you well brother,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Blip - 2011-01-27 21:56

    Such drama over "routine tests"! What fuss they will make, and what sort of procession of famous visitors will there be when he goes to hospital to die?

  • skollie - 2011-01-27 22:35

    Ag please man her tears are all an act. She's false and a disgrace to the nation. She wants attention. Can we say LOOSER

  • Macho Mike - 2011-01-27 22:59

    Crocerdile tears Winnie, crocerdile tears.

  • coolwaynie - 2011-01-28 06:50

    Weenee is playing up to the media to try and restore her public image. That's a pipe dream. The street named after her in London was even changed a decade ago, such is the reputation that follows this evil gremlin.

  • Gazza Boy - 2011-01-28 07:31

    I think Winnie was crying because her "cash cow" isn't doing so well.

  • Podgette - 2011-01-28 07:36

    A REAL showpony - anything for some print space and to get her share of the limelight. Yuck she is a dispicable woman.

  • JuluisMalema - 2011-01-28 07:56

    Do not worry Winnie the public holiday she will come soon just wait. You know you do not have the hart if some one is on the way to death cause you KILLED A CHILD, so it must be the public holiday you are crying about you going to loose the day off.

  • GetReal - 2011-01-28 08:03

    ...and Stompie would probably also be in tears now if he was still around!!

  • felicityv - 2011-01-28 08:08


  • felicityv - 2011-01-28 08:17

    Just look at the mess this Country is in and the so called God Mandela started it all as a Communist, then he was jailed. Now he wrote a book saying he never wanted to be president of sa and also didnt want anything to do with goverment or the anc. Come on you idiots who believe that. He see what shitt he caused in this country and now saying in a book again i am the victim. We are all victims of you people's shitt but we try and survive not wright a book!!!! What does the book help? people might read it once and then putt it on the shelf. a book does not safe lives or make anything better, we still have to survive everyday of our life's Hello!!!

      devils.advoc - 2011-01-28 09:16

      Idiots? lol, the pot calling the kettle black. (Idiom)

      peggykanes - 2011-01-28 11:41

      Go to School Felicity, your spelling & grammar sucks.....

      tsotsos83 - 2011-01-28 13:30

      you are a fool felicity, ur parents never taught u manners. u cant even spell n ur grammar is terrible. how about going to school? whats a book got to do with Madiba's health? u have mental problems and u need serious help before it is too late.

      blackman - 2011-01-28 15:56

      @Felicityv: Go demand your school fees back, it's your constitutional 'wright'.

  • Ares - 2011-01-28 08:32

    She was crying out of joy. Once mandela is gone, she is going to throw a big rally, filled with hate speech and also sing "shoot the boer" or "pass me my machine gun"...

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-01-28 08:42

    "routine checks" my a$$

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-01-28 08:50

    she was crying because if Mandela dies she will have to pay her speeding tickets

  • kajeremy - 2011-01-28 09:05

    ....Shame to you Paul you are Disgrace for the Nation.... Stupid

      Papziba - 2011-01-28 10:11

      for saying that, youre also a stupid idiot, he is entitled to his opinion

  • devils.advoc - 2011-01-28 09:05

    The comments posted re: Winnie are disgusting, uninformed and based on mainstream propaganda. Highly inappropriate at this time, the issue here is Mandela's health, the immense love we have for him and the fear we, as a nation feel about losing this great man. It is a time to show sensitivity and dignity towards his family, not behave like morons.

  • Melly30 - 2011-01-28 09:24

    Your tears wont earn you any points with us!!! Damage is done! Leave Madiba alone, you have let him down with your criminal ways!