Craven to undergo more surgery

2011-09-23 13:11

Johannesburg - Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven was to undergo a second operation at Linksfield hospital in Johannesburg on Friday, his wife said.

"This is a much smaller operation... he hopes to get home sometime soon," Norma Craven said.
"He's stable. He's fine... it's a routine operation."

She said Craven was admitted to hospital on Monday while on leave from work and underwent his first operation that day.

During his leave, he had taken his first trip back to the United Kingdom in 20 years to visit family, she said.

On Thursday, spokesperson for the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, Castro Ngobese, wished Craven a speedy recovery.

He said Craven had not taken a break in four years and was admitted due to "fatigue and ill-health".

Craven's wife said it was not altogether true that her husband had worked without taking leave.

"He did make time for family and friends, taking a bit of leave every now and then."

  • Gk - 2011-09-23 13:18

    I wonder if he is using a public or private hospital.I should hope it is a public hospital with free health care.Isn'tr thgis what he fought for.While thousands of people cannnot even afford proper health care,and afford to go overseas,here is patrick craven living in absolute luxury,while the massas has to suffer!This is absolutely unacceptable!

      MaanDonkie - 2011-09-23 13:42

      News 24: " So Mr Craven can you comment on your trip to your native UK?" Craven: "Had to go and make sure that the passport is still valid and that my social security no has not expired. At the rate my comrades and I are stuffing up this country have to ensure I have a plan B"

      M - 2011-09-23 14:02

      It says in the article that he is in the Linksfield hospital. Only hospital I know that know is Linksfield is a Netcare hospital - yes private. What hypocrites all of these people are.

      sefeddt - 2011-09-23 14:29

      Private of course, COSATU will tell others what to do but do not believe it applies to them e.g demanding that local clothing consumers use clothing from local manufacturers then ordering caps and T shirts from China. Same applies here.

      pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-09-23 14:40

      Eish Comrade Craven ... wish you strength and well being in your gallant struggle against the MALEMA's and FLOYD's pandemic capitalist evil in our shiny rainbow society! Please get better to cut these newly born tenderpreneur billionaires to size!

  • HeregoesthePlanet - 2011-09-23 13:30

    I still dont understand how in this day and age we have communist organisations involved in the economy, their ideals are proven to be flawed and do not work, See USSR for refrence theyr completely ctuffed as a state but because of communism a few elite control all the resources of that country.

      William - 2011-09-23 13:46

      As a result of capitalism as well, a few elite control the resources of the world, therefore this is not limited to communism. Also the reference to countries that failed as a result of communism such as the USSR is very unfair as we all know that the Capitalist countries of the world embarked on economic sanctions against the USSR. Therefore, it was not the system that failed but the sanctions. Another example, is Cuba. When Cuba was run by warlords and thugs, the US had no problem with it only when they resorted to communism, did the US embark on sanctions. There are flaws in communism, however, the flaws in Capitalism is more detrimental to the majority. Also the SACP is not promoting communism, they are promoting Socialism.

      HeregoesthePlanet - 2011-09-23 13:56

      @ William thanks for clearing that up for me! Socialism could work in an ideal world but it has never truely benefitted the masses and i think in this or any country where those who are in power are greedy and corrupt scocialism would be a great excuse to line their pockets from tenders going to nationalised industries like mining etc.

      burtfred - 2011-09-23 14:00

      @ William You are talking a load of misguided c**p. "Also the SACP is not promoting communism" They are called the SA COMMUNIST Party, not the SA SOCIALIST Party, idiot.

      grant9 - 2011-09-23 14:23

      @ William, think about it. People in the capitalist countries of the world enjoy the highest standard of living. Even China has moved to a capitalist system and many wealthy people have emerged. If the SACP are not proming communism but socialism as you alledge, why do they call themselves communists? (I don't think you thought this one through). As Winston Churchill said : Socialism is a fine thing but you have to have capitalists to pay for it. Finally, would your friend Craven be able to have the overseas holidays and be treated in private hospitals if he lived in a socialist country?

      stefan.strydom87 - 2011-09-23 14:27

      @burtfred, the are called the Communist party, but you can go read on their website, they are really just promoting a left of center cause these days, not true soviet union style communism.

      William - 2011-09-23 16:27

      I think it is silly to determine to the philoshophy of the the party based in the name. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is no a freedom party, the Democratic Alliance is not an Alliance, the African National Party is not a Congress, the New National Party is no longer new; I can go on. Names of parties are part of the party's history. I am also fearful that the Nationalisation of Mines, etc will lead to corruption, but I am also minful of the corruption been perpertated presently. My stance is very simple, the people of South Africa deserve better and frankly just looking at the other Western Countries, I am not sure that Capitalism will be the emputus to that better life.

  • Mlu - 2011-09-23 13:35

    I wish the hospital staff could go on strike. Not a nice thing to say but considering the disregard by him and his union over essential services, who would not wish strikes to happen whilst he's in hospital?

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-23 16:47

      Poetic justice

  • Rich - 2011-09-23 13:46

    While he is in hospital it is an ideal opportunity to stitch up his mouth, so he can stop talking so much sh-t !!

  • PilgrimX - 2011-09-23 13:54

    Ag shame hey. My mother in law is also in hospital. We took her there at 5 in the morning so we could get parking. Luckily she saw the doc at three that afternoon. Sitting in a wheelchair all day was not so bad as my sister in law was there to keep her company. Hope you get well soon. My mom in law is also a bit better now. Just a pity she does not make front page news every time she has to go to hospital.

  • Chris L - 2011-09-23 13:54

    Thats what communism is all about.... Officials get to stay in mansions, use private hospitals (like Linksfield clinic), travel around in luxury vehicles, travel wherever and whenever they desire, and the masses, like worker bees, toil to keep the dream alive! Bet he went to stash some cash in his native country!

  • Sisie - 2011-09-23 13:58

    Linksfield hospital is part of Netcare - so what doesn't he trust the government hospitals. And tell me does he have medical aid or is he paying for this out of his OWN pocket. Don't you just love these people who talk the talk, but do not walk the walk. What a disgrace.

  • Chris L - 2011-09-23 14:07

    He is a communist with expensive tastes! But then, I've never seen one who hasn't!

  • thozi - 2011-09-23 14:23

    I almost thought the man was in hospital, but I'm no longer sure after reading the comments here. Do we really think we're still mentally sound South Africans? I am not a COSATU member or a supporter, but I sure wish him speedy recovery.

  • Davearch - 2011-09-23 15:04

    Why didn't he STAY in the UK ???

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-23 16:49

      Agreed. That's one fellow Pom expat I wouldn't reminisce about mushy peas and proper biscuits with...

  • Mswati - 2011-09-23 15:19

    Can't we just respect, just once

  • William - 2011-09-23 16:17

    I must say that I am dissapointed by the lack of empathy displayed by the majority of the comments on this site. Guys we must learn to respects each others views and opinions no matter how contrary they are to our own. By playin the person instead of the ball, we will never reach any common ground.

  • Crippler - 2011-09-23 16:43

    Whatever funds he is using I hope he gets well soon. It isn't nice to get older and ill.

  • Spookhuis - 2011-09-23 22:18

    AKA Arthur Scargal

  • Rita - 2011-09-23 22:49

    Let me think of the horrors I have read about that NON-communist, and poor whites have to suffer in South-Africa's state hospitals today. Mmm how about the mom who was killed when a rookie black nurse injected heartburn medication into her saline drip. Or the white moms who give birth all alone while the black nurses drink tea and their baby smothers to death strangulated by it's umbilical cord. And let me then think if I have ANY compassion for a red like this guy. ERMM NO...what he deserve is what THEY got.

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