Mandla Mandela ‘vindicated’ by grandfather’s discharge

2013-09-01 17:28

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Mandla Mandela has again hit out at those who claimed his grandfather had been in a vegetative state, saying former president Nelson Mandela’s discharge from hospital today is proof that it was a lie.

In a statement, Mandla said: “Dalibhunga’s discharge is particularly heartening because it flies in the face of those who have been busy spreading lies that he was in a ‘vegetative state’ and just waiting for his support machines to be switched off, in effect declaring him dead while he was fully alive and showing his fighting spirit that has defined him over the many years of his life.”

Mandla has lodged a complaint against the two lawyers who represented 16 members of his family in a high court case against him. The family were at odds over the reburial of the remains of three of the former president’s children.

He lodged the complaint against the lawyers because a certificate of urgency filed at the Mthatha High Court stated that Madiba had been in a “permanent vegetative state”.

Mandla said today was a day of celebration.

He thanked the South African government, the ANC and the doctors in charge of Madiba’s health. Mandla also thanked the presidency for keeping the public updated about Madiba’s health "amid false reporting and often negative rumours of doom spread all over the world by unscrupulous individuals".

Earlier today, Makaziwe Mandela, who led the 16 family members who took Mandla to court, was seen driving into her father's Houghton property in a silver Jeep. She left the home after a brief visit.

While she was leaving, she stopped the car and thanked people for their prayers. "We are happy that he (Mandela) is home," she said before quickly driving off.

As evening approached, a mother and her three sons, carrying Proteas, arrived to wish Madiba well (see picture).

The ANC also released a statement today, thanking South Africans and the world for the outpouring of support, prayers and good wishes that have carried Madiba and his family.

"His release from hospital will allow him to continue receiving medical attention at home in the same manner as he did at the hospital.

“We have noted that his health still remains critical and we are happy that the same medical team that has been treating him will continue with the good work," said spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

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