Mandela: ‘Quiet’ outside Pretoria hospital

2013-06-15 09:43

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The situation was quiet outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where former president Nelson Mandela is being treated.

Only a small media contingent remained outside the hospital yesterday, but security remained tight and police checked all vehicles entering the facility.

Earlier, Mandela’s former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela visited the ailing former statesmen with her daughter Zindzi.

Photographers rushed into Park Street when they arrived at the hospital after midday in a black Audi fitted with blue police lights.

Mandela’s granddaughter, Tukwini, and three other relatives also visited the hospital.

Local and international reporters and broadcasters have been stationed outside the hospital since Mandela was admitted last Saturday with a recurring lung infection.

The presidency has described his condition as “serious but stable”.

President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, visited Mandela on Thursday.

“Madiba’s health continues to improve, but his condition remains serious,” Zuma said in a statement afterwards.

Friday night was Mandela’s sixth in hospital.

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