Madiba is well – Motlanthe

2011-01-28 11:09

Former president Nelson Mandela is “well”, Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe said in Johannesburg today.

“Madiba is well... and that should reassure all of us, there is no need to panic... to fear for his health,” Motlanthe told media at Milpark Hospital.

The former president was admitted to hospital Wednesday.

Mandela recently developed acute respiratory infection, SA National Defence Force Surgeon General Lieutenant-General Vejaynand Ramlakan said.

“He received treatment and has responded very well.He is stable, but will be monitored closely.”

Motlanthe said Mandela was receiving the best treatment from health professionals.

“From now on we will keep you posted,” he said.

He thanked South Africans for their prayers and well wishes.

“The Mandela family, together with government and the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Madiba himself, would like to covey appreciation to all South Africans and people across the world who have sent words and support for Madiba’s speedy recovery and their prayers.”

Mandela’s aide Zelda la Grange attended the conference in a cramped boardroom, packed with reporters.

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