10 key quotes...

2011-01-28 17:34

1. “Madiba is well ... and that should reassure all of us that there is no need for us to panic. There is no need for us to fear for Madiba’s health.” – Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on how the Presidency and government had communicated on former president Nelson Mandela’s hospitalisation
2. “No need for panic.” – Lieutenant-General Vejaynand Ramlakan, SA National Defence Force surgeon-general
3. “He was joking with us and teasing Aunt Graça (Machel) and the sister in charge. He was very happy to see me. Madiba said: ‘I would not detain you very much longer’ when I said I was coming to the press conference.” – Motlanthe
4. “....with the wisdom of hindsight we could have handled this matter differently.” – Motlanthe on the lack of communication flow regarding Madiba’s condition.
5. “Madiba’s health is the responsibility of the SANDF.” – Motlanthe
6. “Nelson Mandela recently developed an acute respiratory infection.” – Ramlakan
7. “He is stable, but subject to intense monitoring. For a 92-year-old he surprises us on a daily basis.” – Ramlakan
8. “We would like to thank you for the support we’ve had from South Africans and the international community. Thank you for showing the spirit of Ubuntu.” – Chief Mandla Mandela, Madiba’s grandson, on the support the Mandela family had received
9. “My grandfather has been discharged and will be taken to his house in Houghton.” – Mandla Mandela
10. “We have always given support to him as a family. We have always enjoyed his sense of humour. He continues to display that sense of humour.” – Mandla Mandela

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