Surgeon-General visits Mandela

2011-01-31 15:33

Surgeon-General Vejaynand Ramlakan was at the house of former president Nelson Mandela in Houghton this afternoon, three days after his discharge from Milpark Hospital.

Ramlakan arrived in a green BMW around 3pm. By 4pm he had still not left the premises. Several cars were parked outside. One had a blue light and an Eastern Cape registration.

Around 3pm several cars were seen pulling up outside the house. Some of the visitors carried briefcases.

Mandela’s grandson Mandla arrived earlier in a silver Mercedes-Benz.

President Jacob Zuma’s representative in Parliament Siphiwe Nyanda was also at the house at 11am. He had since left.

Some of the journalists keeping watch had put up gazebos to shield themselves from the sun.

At a press briefing on Friday at the hospital, Ramlakan said Mandela (92) had recently developed acute respiratory infection. The elder statesman was discharged from Milpark on Friday afternoon and was receiving home-based care.

His recovery from a respiratory infection continued today, with doctors describing his night as restful and peaceful, the presidency said.

“President Mandela is said to be responding to medication and treatment. The close monitoring and 24-hour care from the team of specialists continues,” Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe said in a statement.

He promised that the presidency would continue providing information on developments.

Motlanthe thanked everyone for their continued support of Madiba and added: “...[We] want to assure them that we are doing all we can to ensure that he recovers fully. We appreciate all the prayers and love shown to Madiba.” An information vacuum, reportedly due to a turf war between the foundation which promotes Mandela’s life’s work, and the government, was blamed for last week’s speculation that his condition was worse than thought.

Motlanthe broke the silence at a press conference on Friday, as social network feeds ran comments on whether
Mandela was dead or alive.

At the same time, Mandela was taken home to recuperate.

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