The whole thing was overplayed, say Qunu villagers

2011-01-29 00:00

LOCALS in Nelson Mandela’s home village of Qunu in Transkei breathed a sigh of relief with the news yesterday that former president Nelson Mandela was being discharged from Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

Mduduzi Sithole, who lives nearby the primary school that Mandela once attended, could not hold back his excitement after hearing the a announcement by the Surgeon-General of the South African National Defence Force, Lieutenant General Vijay Ramlakan, that Mandela has been sent home to recuperate.

“It is a huge relief to hear that he is not in a critical condition and the fact that he still has a sense of humour means that he is fine,” said Sithole moments after the broadcast announcement. “The whole thing was overplayed by the media and as a result people really thought that he was going to die,” he said.

Another resident, Sakhikhaya Nodangala, said the fact that Mandela had been discharged from hospital is a positive sign that he will regain his strength and carry on with his life.

“Clearly it’s not his time to die and we are extremely grateful to the people that looked after him while he was in hospital,” he said.

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