Jacob Zuma visits Madiba

2013-06-14 08:58

President Jacob Zuma and ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize visited former President Nelson Mandela late last night and reiterated earlier statements about the 94-year old’s “serious” state of health.

Zuma’s much-anticipated visit came as the ANC also appealed to the nation to keep the elderly statesman, who was admitted to a Pretoria hospital last Saturday for a recurring lung infection, in their prayers.

“Madiba’s health continues to improve but his condition remains serious. We continue to appeal to people to keep Madiba in their prayers and wish him a speedy recovery,” said Zuma in a statement released after his visit.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the party was “encouraged” by Zuma’s visit to Madiba.

“According to the report of the presidency, Madiba’s health continues to improve but his condition remains serious.

“We are grateful to the president and the (treasurer-general) for visiting our beloved statesman on behalf of the people of South Africa and the world.

“The ANC will continue to keep Comrade President Mandela and his family in our prayers and we call on all South Africans and beyond to continue to strengthen them with their well wishes and support,” said the ANC.

Mandela has spent six days at the hospital where his children and grandchildren, wife Graça Machel and former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela have been at his bedside.

Earlier on Wednesday, Cabinet reassured the country that former president Mandela was receiving the best medical treatment as he spent the sixth day at a Pretoria hospital.

Government also appealed to the media to afford the former statesman and his family privacy while he recovers from a recurring lung infection.

“Cabinet wishes President Nelson Mandela a speedy recovery and reassures the nation that he is receiving the best medical care.

“Cabinet is pleased that he is responding well to treatment and reiterates the request for the media and the public to respect the privacy of the former President and his family during this period,” read the statement.

Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi, arrived with her children daughter Zoleka and son Zondwa and SA’s ambassador to Argentina and Mandela’s daughter, Zenani and her children.

Mandela’s grandson and Abathembu chief, Mandla Mandela, was also believed to be inside the hospital.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.