Activity picks up at Mandela hospital

2013-06-25 11:32

Pretoria - Activity at the Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition picked up on Tuesday morning after a quiet night.

Cars with military registration plates entered the gates, of the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, which were being manned by police and hospital security staff.

A wall at the Celliers Street entrance was adorned with pink and red flowers, balloons, and get-well cards. The wall has been turned into a miniature art gallery since the celebrated anti-apartheid icon was admitted to the hospital on 8 June.

Pedestrians stopped to look at the mostly hand-made cards and read the messages in them.

Local and international journalists continued their vigil outside the hospital.

It was announced on Sunday that the 94-year-old former president's condition had deteriorated and was now critical.

This followed a visit by President Jacob Zuma and African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Bizos staying away

Addressing a briefing in Johannesburg on Monday, Zuma said Mandela's condition had not changed, and that his doctors were doing everything possible to ensure his well-being and comfort.

Mandela has been visited every day by relatives, politicians, and government officials.

Among his visitors on Monday were his daughter Makaziwe Mandela, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Defence and Military Veterans' Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and UDM leader Bantu Holomisa.

It was reported on Tuesday that Mandela's long-time friend George Bizos, SC, had refrained from visiting him in hospital.

The Star reported that he received a phone call from Mandela's wife Gra├ža Machel on Saturday.

"She told me that he was not very good, and I accept that," he told the newspaper.

"I have respected the doctor's wishes of not allowing in too many visitors," he said.

"None of us are immortal. We must let him live as long as possible."

  • Lindsay Mama-muhlurie Hlungwani - 2013-06-25 11:39

    Only God knows, speedy recovery Tata

      Barney Dino - 2013-06-25 11:42

      None of us are immortal,..let the man go in peace, how much longer do you want him to get well.

      procold2 - 2013-06-25 11:57

      barney i personaly think they are about to switch off the machines, police cars all oer the city, milatry vehicles, meetings in the home town, bizos staying away, if i am right may his soul rest in peace, he will never be forgotten the world over, well done madiba and god speed.

      Andre Van Deventer - 2013-06-25 12:57

      I believe he is now suffering more, under the hands of the doctors and politicians "visiting" him, that he suffered on Robben Island!

      Midnite Man - 2013-06-25 14:17

      OBAMA's visit will help the people from africa feel good once again about themselves, africa is a nice country- one day I would like to visit and see all the wild animals in africa.

  • Janicemcmaster - 2013-06-25 11:39


      Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2013-06-25 11:54

      If not already happened!

  • Sabelo Nkosi - 2013-06-25 11:40

    What is cooking here, is He still alive. His family is in Qunu while on this side there is also activities. God let us know cause the Presidency is gook at hiding the truth as their did with the GUPTAS

      Barney Dino - 2013-06-25 11:46

      The presidency will be planning to milk as much publicity out of this as they can, they need to make sure their PR machine is in full swing when the news is announced that Madiba has passed on. They know the worlds media is just waiting for the news and need to make sure that all their plans are in place to use the oppertunity of saddness and heartache to spread the gospel of the cANCer. They are cockroaches and vultures who will want to milk the media frenzy as much as possible to gain sympathy for their failures.

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-06-25 13:26

      Yip I can see a huge publicity drive aiming for the elections for the terminally ill ANC on the horison. They will try and capatalise on this as much as possible to try and divert people's minds away from what they have become.

      yaya188 - 2013-06-25 15:13

      Hotels and guest houses are booked out in Umtata flying in from all over the world! The passing of an icon is gonna hit us big time! I know this is cruel, but Obamas visit? Publicity will be delfected away from him, if they switch off those hospital machines. I do not believe he is already dead, NO ONE would be able to hold back the emotion of the actual death. It would be inhumane. Go quietly old man, you have completed your tasks.

  • Jacques Smith - 2013-06-25 11:41

    There are police vehicles parked on all bridges crossing the N14 Ben Schoeman highway. Does anyone know why?

      DrGonzoSA - 2013-06-25 13:02

      Practicing for Obama's visit, same with the helicopters

  • Celi Dorado - 2013-06-25 11:42

    Something is fishy now. Why is everybody, including the military, so interested in visiting him? Or is he already dead and now everybody is being debriefed before the public gets to know?

      Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2013-06-25 11:44

      I agree, - I think he has already gone and they are keeping it from us.

      Amber Rancic - 2013-06-25 12:40

      To everyone who keeps saying "they're keeping it form us" - what exactly gives you the right to know anything about Madiba's wellbeing? Hasn't the man given enough? Doesn't his family deserve some peace without everyone constantly second-guessing every move?

      Amber Rancic - 2013-06-25 12:48

      And the thumbs down just prove how selfish we've become.

      Celi Dorado - 2013-06-25 13:58

      Amber: You ask if the man hasn't given enough. He didn't give a flying f when his ANC comrades bombed innocent people at Church street, so I'd say yes: he hasn't given enough.

  • Marc Eckstein - 2013-06-25 11:44

    I am so sad...

      Louis Ferreira - 2013-06-26 10:27

      Why did your cat die???

  • Zeechan Zuchry - 2013-06-25 11:47

    This sound not good...what is going on...elders in Qunu and military vehicles and police entering...whats up people?

      Mfundo Mphankomo Kindili - 2013-06-25 17:29

      speed recovery Tata wesizwe !

  • Zeechan Zuchry - 2013-06-25 11:47

    This sound not good...what is going on...elders in Qunu and military vehicles and police entering...whats up people?

  • Zeechan Zuchry - 2013-06-25 11:47

    This sound not good...what is going on...elders in Qunu and military vehicles and police entering...whats up people?

      Rocky Bell - 2013-06-25 13:43

      Use the "DELETE" button to get rid of your duplicate postings. Eish

  • Carl Davis - 2013-06-25 11:48

    Spot the Irony - It was announced on Sunday that the 94-year-old former president's condition had deteriorated and was now critical. This followed a visit by President Jacob Zuma and African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa......

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-25 11:51

    Maybe a decision has been made to let him go and disconnect him from machines?

  • Boutros Bdb - 2013-06-25 11:51

    ah well

  • Estelle Manus Matthews - 2013-06-25 11:53

    Why did they report on Heart 104.9 this morning just after 8:30 that Pres. Mandela is no longer with us.

  • Israel - 2013-06-25 11:55

    It will not be long

  • Moi - 2013-06-25 11:56

    Maybe he'd stipulated that he would rather be at his ancestral home when he passes and they are now making the necessary arrangements to fulfill his final wishes.

      Rianette Kemp - 2013-06-25 11:59

      I doubt he will be in any condition to travel, unless he has died already. If he is that critical moving him will probably result in his death before he leaves his bed

      Moi - 2013-06-25 12:07

      Depends on the mode of travel I think. I'm sure some of the military medical helicopters are fairly jacked up. I think most people would much prefer to take their last breath in the comfort of their own home, rather than connected to all sorts of machines.

      Rianette Kemp - 2013-06-25 12:10

      As long as that helicopter is not in the same condition as the ambulance taking him to hospital I suppose. Fairly jacked up doesn't do it for critical. If he is connected to machines, they have to disconnect those to reconnect to a mobile unit.....I think not

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-25 11:57

    Those of us, who spend all those years trying to get him released, won't be allowed in. We are just ordinary folk you see.

      Celi Dorado - 2013-06-25 12:23

      South Africa thanks you for your help in the struggle! The country has thrived because of your hard work.

      Stinkhout - 2013-06-25 12:49

      And thanks in advance for the additional public holiday.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-06-25 13:08

      Jacqui - if he's not already free, he'll be free soon.

  • Dlayani Tivani - 2013-06-25 12:01

    Let the good Man GO peacefully !Hi ta sala hiswivona !Ndlela uhi pfulerini hita sala hi onhetela ana se hi sungurile angase suka .

      Qhawe Sibeko - 2013-06-25 12:25

      If de time has come let his will be done nd let the icon rest in peace we accept .yu ve run yo race n finish your course.actualy yu fought the good fight of peace n reconciliation in S.A nd the world.(Qhawe lamaqhawe) man of greater power. peace in our hearts

  • Haydn Gawronsky - 2013-06-25 12:09

    The media are really getting bored. Cars entering, people entering, someone leaving etc etc. Seriously, report on meaningful stuff, like he's passed away or he's going home cause he's better. Otherwise stop clogging up websites with unimportant crap.

  • Tommy Li Guapha - 2013-06-25 12:16

    only god knows hw weak the body is but us we wish him to recover very soon due to our prayers

  • Rianette Kemp - 2013-06-25 12:17

    I feel for people who has family members in the hospital. There is going to be a complete lock down probably with no one entering or leaving the facility until his body has been removed, unless where are only going to be told after his body was removed (perhaps the reason for the military vehicles?)

  • Angelique Meyer - 2013-06-25 12:17

    I think its all over, might be the reason why bridges are being manned by police vehicles....... to clear path to the airport I guess Mthatha Airport will be a busy place very soon.

      Rianette Kemp - 2013-06-25 12:21

      I like your way of thinking/reasoning

      Chantelle Smith - 2013-06-25 12:48

      Just remember that Obama is also landing soon...could be to allow him right of way.

  • Charlie Quest Moserwa Ntshudisane - 2013-06-25 12:24

    Is this a sign?

  • Ntombizodwa Letty - 2013-06-25 12:36

    Jah ne!!!!! really Mandelas life is scaring this dayz, everywhere everyone is talking about his death. I wonda raelly if this gud or not 4us, I am not sure that is necessary for the family to keep secret with people bcos we all know that Mandela isnt for them only and quietsure there is a day for everyone in different ways to go. Let the not enjoy to see him suffer like this while they know exactly that S African need to know him situation too, I am so tired with siren now n den here.

  • Elmarie Viljoen Neff - 2013-06-25 12:41

    When you got to go, you got to go... Even Icons die... we all die, I just have so much sympathy with this man, cause nobody gives him the peace he needs. Honestly, he is not getting better, he is 94!!! How selfish to expect an old and frail man to live longer, only because we want it. No man - he has suffered enough now!

  • Markus Venter - 2013-06-25 13:16

    I can just hear the legacy of Mandela exploited for political gain for next years' election: "Honour the legacy of Madiba, Vote .....". His passing then would be quite convenient from a political point of view for some vultures.

  • Ebony Love - 2013-06-25 13:43

    Please give make and model of cars with military registration plates, and name of persons driving them as well!!!!!!! LOL, more BS reporting!!!!!!

  • Sammy Mabena - 2013-06-25 14:03


  • Sefuthi Monyatsi Ishmael - 2013-06-25 14:31

    The time has arrived

  • Elisshah Nkhwashu N'wanna WaN'waBen - 2013-06-25 14:33

    God do everything possible for Mandela

  • Donovan Gerber - 2013-06-25 14:38

    Typical ANC, all about the secrets, thinking they have the upper hand!

  • Brent Bartis - 2013-06-25 14:42

    Whatever happens. Rest well and thank you for your sacrifices

  • Tanya Bunger - 2013-06-26 11:21

    Its Time to give him the dignity to die in piece!

  • Tanya Bunger - 2013-06-26 11:24

    Its time to five Him the dignity to die in piece!

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