Cars line up outside Mandela's home

2011-01-31 15:34

Johannesburg - There was a lot of movement outside the house of former president Nelson Mandela in Houghton on Monday afternoon, three days after his discharge from Milpark Hospital.

At about 15:00, several cars were seen pulling up outside the house.

Some of the visitors were seen carrying briefcases. The cars lined the street for some distance past the property.

This followed the arrival of Mandela's grandson Mandla in a silver Mercedes-Benz at 11:00.

President Jacob Zuma's representative in Parliament Siphiwe Nyanda was reportedly also seen at the house at 11:00. He had since left.

Some of the journalists keeping watch outside had put up gazebos to shield themselves from the sun.

Respiratory infection

Mandela, 92, was admitted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg last Wednesday for treatment. His recovery from a respiratory infection continued on Monday, with doctors describing his night as restful and peaceful, the presidency said.

"President Mandela is said to be responding to medication and treatment. The close monitoring and 24-hour care from the team of specialists continues," Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe said in a statement.

He promised that the presidency would continue providing information on developments.

Motlanthe thanked everyone for their continued support of Madiba and added: "...[We] want to assure them that we are doing all we can to ensure that he recovers fully. We appreciate all the prayers and love shown to Madiba."

An information vacuum, reportedly due to a turf war between the foundation which promotes Mandela's life's work, and the government, was blamed for last week's speculation that his condition was worse than thought.

Motlanthe broke the silence at a press conference on Friday, as social network feeds ran comments on whether Mandela was dead or alive. At the same time, Mandela was taken home to recuperate.

  • - 2011-01-31 15:42

    The arrival of cars is news?

      Mizer - 2011-01-31 15:49


      Max - 2011-01-31 15:51

      Stop being negative about everything, how would we know that people are still flocking to Mandela's house. We want to know everything. If you dont like the article, dont read it. - 2011-01-31 15:54

      @Max how am I being negative about everything?

      Jules - 2011-01-31 15:57

      @Max how do we know we don't like the article if we don't read it?

      Mizer - 2011-01-31 16:03 the man:-)

      Sum1 - 2011-01-31 16:04

      @Max. STFU.

      Pieter du Plessis - 2011-01-31 16:15

      I agree with Max. The whole Mandela in hospital issue is big, so many people would be interested on any news/deviation from the normality. Unfortunately thanks to to the initial media black out and misinformation i.e routine test the media do not trust official communication channels to deliver the truth in time. The headline is not misleading and if you see after the first paragraph that you do not like the article - Stop reading, press back button and go on with your life.

      MJ77 - 2011-01-31 16:17

      Max must be an escaped Gorilla....from where though?

      Dan - 2011-01-31 16:17

      Nice one Jules. Now you totally confused Max. That idiot sits all day witing for the next move Madiba makes. What a pathetic individual.

      telstar007 - 2011-01-31 16:19

      No. This followed the arrival of Mandela's grandson Mandla in a silver Mercedes-Benz at 11:00 is news. The others are just plain cars.

      Thor - 2011-01-31 16:21

      Leave the poor man alone... He has given his whole life to this country. What more do you want from him. Why is it important to know if he is ill. Can you do something about it... No.

  • drukkie - 2011-01-31 15:46

    Min Dae...

      Pieter Wolf - 2011-01-31 15:55

      Ek wou dit eerste gesê het, nou gaan staan jy en spring my voor.

      DeonL - 2011-01-31 16:15

      People also thought this in 1994, nothing much happened but a lot of canned food was bought, moenie worry.

      Homo-Sapien - 2011-01-31 16:35

      Tata Madiba, or was it Indica?

  • The Stig - 2011-01-31 15:47


  • bill - 2011-01-31 15:47

    Vultures never leave their prey - poor old fellow. He deserves better.

  • - 2011-01-31 15:47

    Sheeesh... Press vultures. Why not let the man live and die in peace? If it's his time, so be it.

  • Megan - 2011-01-31 15:48

    Oh come now surely there is something more newsworthy than this? As much as I like and respect Madiba people have to be realistic. He is old, really old and cannot live forever.

      Thembisile - 2011-01-31 16:21

      I agree with you the man is old for heaven's sake, we seem to want to hold on to him and someone wants said we need to think about how we are going to cope when he is no more. People are scared of losing him but God and nature have their own plans and whether we like it or not no amount money can make him live forever and again people have forgotten that the human flesh can only survive so many years on earth. Instead of being scared of loosing the man to death we need to prepare ourselves for when he is no longer around. The human flesh yes I would like to stress this the human flesh can only live so many years on earth and after it goes back to where it came from which is dust.Mandela is blessed, for him to live so many years we need to remember that.

  • themantshepo - 2011-01-31 15:48

    surely the media should not be anywhere near the big chiefs home??? is this not harrassment??? mr Mandelas bodyguards should just open fire on you bastads once and for all.... life goes on he is out of hospital let him get on with it already..... you the media are only digging your own hole and making it easier for government to implement a media blackout which will come if you lot dont get your act together....dont say i nver warned blaady agents.... you are going to regret your actions believe need to start respecting a mans the end we are all entitled to privacy whenever we want it and you are keeping this form that man that saved your arses

      Bill - 2011-01-31 16:03

      It's called freedom of the press and it's called democracy! Neither of which you apparently understand about! Of course, it appears that you only understand that shooting people is the alternative to them expressing their rights! What about all the fools visiting Madiba in droves, when they should let him be to rest?.....They not getting your verbal backlash for disturbing him now are they! Typical one sided, short sighted comment! Not that I am surprised The only people digging a hole for the media, is the government themselves…..To cover their corrupt backsides…plain and simple!

      Mizer - 2011-01-31 16:05

      they are waiting in desperation to hear the sad news.bunch of faggots

      suspiciousme - 2011-01-31 16:19

      hey Mizer, you watch your tongue, boy! Wait until Justice Cameron sees what you wrote here! Jy sal k@k, ou seun!!

      Mundu - 2011-01-31 16:23

      @themant...what a dick!

      Dan - 2011-01-31 16:24

      @ Bill & Kie. The absolute pathetic content of this report is actually just showing us what we (public) have become. The report is there because a lot of arseholes actually read it. It is like reading the Huisgenoot - Is the Huisgenoot common or the reader? We (the public) created this absolutely sick media.

      Yoni - 2011-01-31 18:50

      How did the man save anyone's arses? I think you before you continue to rant with a foaming mouth you should perhaps also go back to school like your overweight idol Juli-Ars* to learn how to properly use that keyboard. I hope you obtained it in a legal manner, or are you writing this nonsense between playing card games on a government computer? Have you never heard of upper case and lower case? That is capital letters I'm talking about me old comrade. Did you actually try to spell "bastards" and "bloody agents"? Nelson had a nice smile and at least he didn't cling on to power like his mates Castrol and McGarbage, but he's made out to be this Messiah which is hogwash. PW Botha offered him a free "Get out of jail" card years ago but be declined to renounce violence and decided life in jail was better. Well, where else in Africa have you heard of a political prisoner surviving even ten years in jail, never mind TWENTY SEVEN! In reality he spent many years in comfort in his own house in the Victor Verster Prison in Paarl and was even allowed to walk on the beach incognito on occasion and had the best medical care money could buy. Life in the Island must've been pretty harsh if he "only" lived another 21 years after his release? Don't let your mouth sign a cheque your butt can't cash Tshepo, not all of us are as vulnerable as that 3-year old girl in the Free State.

  • Egg-Zachary - 2011-01-31 15:52

    jeez, OMG Mandela farted! Quick, get the camera! Leave the guy alone, has he not done enough for you that you now need to harass him. This man deserves his peace and quiet with family and friends. Not to be bothered all the time! Leave him alone! We wish you well Madiba! Peace and Love...!

      callan.lombaard - 2011-01-31 16:19

      Well said Egg, the guy has lived an amazing life and deserves to be left alone, the vultures putting up a gazebo outside his house is sick! I wonder... I did some charity work a few years ago and built houses for widows and orphans that were left destitute by apartheid, will I get this much media attention when I get old and get a respiratory infection

      Pieter Wolf - 2011-01-31 16:27

      @ C LOMBAARD Ek is bly om te sien jy spel jou van met 2 a's

      Shistirrer - 2011-01-31 16:34

      I also just farted. And wow, it's reported on the internet!

  • abrham - 2011-01-31 15:54

    where death is ... i am not - the denial of death is the scourge of the man animal. immortality, an ideal nobody will taste. if i am dead i become a mere bundle of atoms. to r.i.p. is impossible as matter have no conscious. let madiba accept the end of his his life in peace!

  • Akinoluwa Oyedele - 2011-01-31 15:57

    A bird poops on Mandela's roof. Mandela's security lights come on. When did newsworthiness become so cheap?

  • Joy - 2011-01-31 15:59

    Oh Please -- could you leave the poor man in peace !! Reporters are so darn pushy !

  • mwfrater - 2011-01-31 16:04

    I get the feeling he has croaked!

      Pieter Wolf - 2011-01-31 16:09

      I will light a candle , I hate to drink beer in the dark.

  • Franna - 2011-01-31 16:05

    Some of the visitors were seen carrying briefcases????? WOW

      U called? - 2011-01-31 16:19

      those bloody agents!!

      LBS - 2011-01-31 17:37

      U called? Don't touch them on their studios. He he Anyway, I sincerely hope Mandella will be allowed to go in peace with his loved ones around him when the time comes. ANY person deserves that.

  • larry101 - 2011-01-31 16:05

    Stop it already people. A gazebo? For crying in a bucket, clear off!

      peter.shandukani - 2011-01-31 16:24

      Larry is right, come on people lets behave now

  • Joe_Public - 2011-01-31 16:08

    This is like CNN reporting on the Middle East. Freaking painful! I mean really. This man was great. He has retired from politics and the public life. He no longer has influence on our crap government. Let the guy live out his life in peace. I for one couldn't care less that he was in hospital. Would your next report be that he has made a successful trip to the lavatory and that his stools were as expected? Quite frankly that is the level to which media coverage is stooping. Perhaps we have too many reporters and not enough stories?

      Mizer - 2011-01-31 16:16

      Great comment...i think they want him dead.Front page pic of Madibs and more lies in their story.F@@ken fagots

  • - 2011-01-31 16:14

    poor madiba, the press is waiting lyk valtures..for his death. Disgusting!

  • Dan - 2011-01-31 16:15

    Really, Really, Really!!!!! Get a fu@#in life you News 24 reporter. I don't need to know when and where Madiba farts. Give it a rest please!!!!.

  • DeonL - 2011-01-31 16:17

    He does not need more Germs, go away people.

      LBS - 2011-01-31 17:47

      Dis wat ek ook wou sê.

  • Dan - 2011-01-31 16:18

    @ SUM1. Great contribution, wow you are an intellectual.

  • freddyvdm - 2011-01-31 16:23

    ag for fu^* sakes media people leave the man alone!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eric - 2011-01-31 16:41

    Make up your minds people, if this wasn't reported everyone would be screaming about the blackout of information. We creatd the demand for information and now we complain when information is shared. This may be trivial info but info none the less.

  • Mathew - 2011-01-31 16:57

    This is one fight Madiba might not win

  • Tseko - 2011-01-31 18:36


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