ANC urges media to respect Mandela

2013-06-22 14:34
Members of the Mandela family outside the hospital where Madiba is being treated. (File, AP)

Members of the Mandela family outside the hospital where Madiba is being treated. (File, AP)

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Johannesburg - The ANC called on the media to afford Nelson Mandela and his family respect and privacy as the former president spent a fifteenth day in a Pretoria hospital.

The governing party said it appreciated the latest update on Mandela’s health issued by the presidency on Saturday.

“The presidency has been consistent and reliable in ensuring that the nation and the world is kept informed on developments relating to our beloved statement and icon, Comrade Nelson Mandela,” the party said in a statement.

It emerged in reports on Friday that Mandela’s ambulance broke down on 8 June on the side of the highway on the way to a military hospital. Mandela and his medical staff were made to wait 40 minutes for another ambulance to arrive.

While the presidency confirmed the incident, it said that Mandela’s condition was not affected.

It also denied a claim in a CBS News report that the former president’s liver and kidney were operating at 50%. Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the media was “highly reckless to tell lies” about Madiba’s health.

The CBS report said the former president was unresponsive and hadn’t opened his eyes in days.

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