Bizos refrains from visiting Mandela

2013-06-25 08:36

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela's long-time friend George Bizos, SC, has refrained from visiting the critically-ill Nobel laureate in hospital in Pretoria, The Star reported on Tuesday.

Bizos told the newspaper 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 said.

Bizos said he had refrained from visiting the 94-year-old statesman in hospital.

"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."

On 8 June, Mandela was admitted to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, in Pretoria, for treatment of a recurring lung infection.

On Sunday night, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement that Mandela's condition had turned critical.

Bizos told The Star he last saw Mandela about a month ago.

"He was reasonably well. He recognised me and we talked about the old days."

  • SharonE - 2013-06-25 08:43

    Now here is a gentleman and a true friend. You don't need to be in someone's face to let them know you are thinking of them. I salute you, sir!

      Glenda Hayward - 2013-06-25 08:53

      @SharonE I agree with you well said1

      procold2 - 2013-06-25 08:57

      people that really care, well done mr bizos

      Louis Van Den Elst - 2013-06-25 09:08


      Debbie du Plessis - 2013-06-25 09:19

      The 1st person to honour the Doctor's & the Family's wishes! Well done, the 1st person with integrity to respect.... as for the rest they just posing for camera's & getting into the record books based on someone else's fame as the "parade" has no ability to create their own!

      Thabiso Nkosi - 2013-06-25 19:46

      Black men traped in white men's body, he even respect our culture how i wish we had many of him.

  • joe.dicks.56 - 2013-06-25 08:43


  • John Edgar - 2013-06-25 09:00

    According to my analyses and understanding,i personal believe that Bizos 's refraining is because of the court battle between Mandelas daughters and mandela trust that Bizos is controlling

      Twolips - 2013-06-25 09:03

      That's quite possible, but at least he's not one of the "vultures" who hover around a very ill/dying person.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-25 09:04

    At last - someone with sense!

  • tracykruger007 - 2013-06-25 09:06

    Now this is a gentleman !

  • Harald - 2013-06-25 09:20

    I'm sure some of the "friends" and "relatives" are upset because he cannot sign their copy of "Long walk..."; and this has been the case over the past few years... Vultures!! and the sight of Winnie would also make me wanna go to heaven asap... God speed Madiba...

  • Busi Ndaba - 2013-06-25 09:21

    True friend Mr Bizos, u want to be left with a good memory of Madiba...

  • Musa N Thabethe - 2013-06-25 09:31

    He run away for the daughters of Mandela

      Payricia Bull - 2013-06-25 10:06

      Wot a banana

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-06-25 17:14

      Musa, I have an idea that when one is involved in a legal dispute against someone that you are not supposed to talk to them until the case has come before the courts. I doubt very much that Mr Bizos is "running away" from Mandela's daughters when he stood up to the might of the apartheid government to overturn the verdict at the Rivonia Trial.

  • Israel - 2013-06-25 09:38

    Mr Bizos i salute you for you wise decision

  • Zakes Seema - 2013-06-25 09:40

    Bizos you are true friend, you don't do things for public attention, unlike Zuma maybe he's currently staying in Sunnyside.

      Rubes Ruby - 2013-06-25 09:47

      zums is milking mr mandela for ages he wants the last drop..same goes for politicians nd winnie

  • reggie.reginald.3110 - 2013-06-25 09:46

    The classy genuine article! !!!

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-06-25 09:50

    The difference between a brilliant mind and a rotten potato

  • Ronald Kasasa - 2013-06-25 09:51

    eh ' julius malema ' has not gone to visit madiba.

  • Anselmo Coelho - 2013-06-25 10:02

    Why lie to the world more Madiba.....

  • Eddie Bantjes - 2013-06-25 10:54

    Still waiting for his slice of the cake.

  • Fourhundredkg Bobbejaan - 2013-06-25 10:55

    I have also decided to respect the family's wishes and stay away.

  • Bianca-Anne - 2013-06-25 11:33

    We salute you for being a true friend, protecting his legacy.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-25 11:49

    George Bizos, Mandela's true friend, and now sued by his daughters. The bittier irony of it all.

  • Ofentse Matsogo - 2013-06-25 14:39

    Mr George Bizos sir please give me atleast one or two millions from Mandela trust, Thank you in advance.

  • Alan Kennedy - 2013-06-25 15:24

    A Gentleman who towers above the ghoulish rabble camped outside the hospital

  • Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-06-25 16:49

    While Mr Bizos is certainly staying away and being a gentleman, I believe we have to acknowledge that the people who are visiting him are family and close friends no matter how disgracefully they may behave at other times and this is not a time to be critical of those who have been to see him. It is a deeply sad time for our country as a whole but for his family it is undoubtedly a time of saying goodbye and spending his last moments possibly with him. I believe that even President Zuma is right to go and pay his respects to Madiba's family and as incumbent President it would be a sign of disrespect if he did not do so. He, after all as President at this sad time will be very involved in whatever the outcome may be and that outcome is inevitable. I am sure that at least some members of his family would prefer that the old man be allowed to shuffle of ths mortal coil in a more private manner but he has been such a remarkable man that the world wants to know what the state of his health is from minute to minute. Rest Tata Madiba, hamba gahle.

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