Madiba is fine and resting in Qunu

2011-12-30 10:20

After a flurry of rumours – apparently triggered by a TV news station’s review of 2011 stories – that Nelson Mandela was not well, the presidency moved to quell any fears about the nation’s favourite elder statesman.

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 today.

“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.

Maharaj said President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of government and the people of South Africa, wished Madiba a very happy and successful 2012.

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