Well wishes for Nelson Mandela

2013-06-08 11:05

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The ANC and its alliance partners wished former president Nelson Mandela a speedy recovery after he was admitted to hospital.

“We send to him our well wishes for a speedy recovery so that he may soon be discharged to return to the care and comfort of his home,” ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said today in a statement.

Mandela was admitted in a Pretoria hospital this morning after his condition deteriorated at about 1.30am.

The presidency said Mandela was in a “serious but stable” condition and was admitted due to a recurring lung infection.

“He remains in a serious but stable condition,” said spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

He said doctors were doing everything they could to make Mandela “better and comfortable”.

Union federation Cosatu said its members were thinking of Mandela at this time.

“Our 2.2 million members, thousands of working people, millions of South Africans and countless more freedom-loving people around the world are thinking of you today and wishing that you make a full recovery and soon return home,” Cosatu said in a statement.

The SA Communist Party (SACP) sent its support to Mandela’s family.

“To the family and to the former president, you are in our thoughts ... the SACP appeals to all that the former president and the family be given the necessary privacy at this time,” the SACP said.

Mthembu said: “The ANC hopes and trusts that president Mandela and his family will be afforded the necessary respect and privacy while he is in hospital, we have no doubt that Tata will continue to receive expert medical care and attention at this time.”

The elder statesman has been in and out of hospital several times over the past few months.

On April 6, Mandela was discharged from hospital after spending nine days receiving treatment for recurring lung problems. The Nobel Peace Prize

laureate has suffered lung ailments before.

Early in March, he was admitted to a Pretoria hospital for a scheduled checkup and was discharged the following day.

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