Madiba is ‘on dialysis’

2013-07-07 14:00

Former president Nelson Mandela is on dialysis therapy for his ailing ­kidneys, in addition to the ventilator machine to which he is connected to help him breathe.

International news channel CNN yesterday quoted a source “with direct knowledge of the situation” saying that despite being on dialysis and “life support”, Mandela is “awake and ­responsive”.

Mandela was admitted to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria nearly a month ago for a recurring lung ­infection.

Meanwhile, Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela has laid complaints against lawyers representing his aunt Makaziwe and 15 other family members with the Eastern Cape Bar Council and the province’s Law Society.

In a statement released yesterday, Mandla, the chief of Mvezo, slammed Advocate David Smith and attorney Wesley Hayes for allegedly lying to

the court about his grandfather’s health.

In his certificate of urgency, Hayes told the court that Mandela was in a “perilous” state of health and his death was “impending”.

Mandla claims that they made his grandfather’s health out to be worse than it is so that the case against his moving Mandela’s three late children’s graves could be heard on an urgent basis.

“If recent reports that the applicants in this case lied to the court by suggesting that his grandfather was in a ‘vegetative state’ are true, then the adverse finding against him takes on monumental implications,” said the statement released by Mandla’s spokesperson, Freddy Pilusa.

“If it is proven that indeed Madiba’s state of health was abused to trick the justice system, then it is a sad day for all of us.”

The lawyers were not available for comment.

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