Presidency mum on Mandela discharge

2013-06-21 14:33

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The Presidency has remained mum regarding comments by Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of ailing former President Nelson Mandela, that the statesman may soon be discharged from hospital.

Madiba is in the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where is recovering from a recurring lung infection.

The 30-year old Ndaba was quoted in The Star today, thanking South Africans and people all over the world for their well-wishes, adding that Madiba would “soon” go home.

Ndaba was addressing a media briefing ahead of next month’s Nelson Mandela Football Invitation.

But Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj would not be drawn on Madiba’s possible discharge from hospital.

“I have no updates on Madiba’s health,” was all Maharaj was prepared to say as Madiba looked set to spend his 14th night in hospital.

Family members, including Madiba’s ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, his daughters, Zindzi and Zenani, and other members of the family have continued visiting him daily as well-wishes for his speedy recovery continued to pour in.

This week Madiba’s children and grandchildren momentarily walked to the entrance of the hospital to collect flowers left there wishing the 94-year-old Mandela well in his recovery.

Ndaba had also told the press briefing in Johannesburg that the family was not ready to let go of Madiba.

“Only God can take him ... but for us, as family, as long as he can still hear and understand what is said to him, and talk to us, we’ll continue to celebrate him,” said Ndaba.

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