Madiba in good health, good spirits – ANC

2013-04-29 16:08

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The ANC’s leadership is satisfied that former president Nelson Mandela is in good health, the party has said.

“After receiving a briefing from the medical team, the national officials are satisfied that president Mandela is in good health and is receiving the very best medical care,” spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

“President Mandela is keenly aware of the goodwill that has been outpouring from the peoples of the globe as befitting his status as our icon.”

The top-six ANC leaders, led by President Jacob Zuma, visited Mandela at his Houghton home in Joburg. The SABC accompanied the ANC on its visit.

Zuma and the other leaders had found “Mandela in good shape and in good spirits”, the party added.

Mzwandile Mbeje, SABC presidential correspondent, wrote on social networking site Twitter: “SABCNews brings you the first pictures of Mandela and the ANC top six: Zuma, Cyril [Ramaphosa] and [Baleka] Mbete among others since his discharge from hospital.”

Mandela was discharged from hospital earlier this month after spending nine days receiving treatment for recurring lung problems. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has had lung ailments before.

Early in March, he was admitted to a Pretoria hospital for a scheduled check-up. He was discharged the following day.

In December last year, Mandela underwent an operation to remove gallstones and treat the recurring lung infection. He was discharged after an 18-day stay and placed under home-based high care at his Houghton home.

In January, the presidency said Mandela had made a full recovery from the surgery and continued to improve. In February last year, he was admitted to hospital for a stomach ailment.

At the time, the presidency said Mandela underwent a diagnostic procedure to investigate the cause of a long-standing abdominal complaint.

In January 2011, Mandela was taken to Milpark Hospital for routine tests relating to respiratory problems.

Mandela’s last major public appearance was in July 2010, at the final of the Fifa World Cup at FNB Stadium in Joburg.

Since then, he had spent his time between Joburg and his ancestral village of Qunu in Eastern Cape.

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