Doctors confirm Mandela to stay in hospital

2012-12-24 17:35

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela will be spending Christmas Day in hospital, the presidency said on Monday.

Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said they received confirmation of this from his doctors.

President Jacob Zuma sent messages of well-wishes to the Mandela family and urged South African to keep him in their prayers.

“We urge all South Africans to keep Tata uppermost in their thoughts at every place of worship or entertainment tomorrow on Christmas Day, and throughout the festive season," said Zuma.

"We also humbly invite all freedom loving people around the world to pray for him. He is an ardent fighter and will recover from this episode with all our support."

The former statesman was said to be responding well to treatment as his stay in a Pretoria hospital extended into its third week.

He was originally flown to a hospital in Pretoria from his Eastern Cape home at Qunu on8  December. He was diagnosed with a lung infection and also underwent gallstone surgery.

His current stay in hospital is his longest since he was freed over two decades ago.

Mandela has a history of lung problems having suffered from tuberculosis towards the end of the 27 years he spent in prison.

Zuma paid a visit to Mandela on Saturday and again urged the nation to keep praying for the global icon.

  • thanuj.thulsie - 2012-12-24 17:39

    mac we dont know when to believe you

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-12-24 19:30

      I don't know why they just don't let Mandela go to his grave peacefully.He's done so much for South Africa already,so if he has to go then just let him move on please.Let our national hero go with dignity and with respect and stop all this secrecy that makes people so worried about.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-12-24 20:52

      And of course the Drs can't release him because he is already in the mortuary which is closed until after Christmas. Kep the spin going Mac the Lie.

  • osmaseko - 2012-12-24 17:41

    Hai suka, so much attention given to one man. Why didn't Zuzulicious send words of encouragement to all South Africans who are hospitalized?

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-24 18:18

      Halfcast allert.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-24 18:25

      Every South African in hospital is not Nelson Mandela you retard

      phahla.matwa - 2012-12-24 18:39


      ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-24 18:46

      im not expecting you to care since you are dumb as youre pic

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-12-24 17:49

    Mac lie so much he could not even lie straight in bed!!!

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-24 18:26

      He is like a mechanic: lies on his back :)

  • jerry.phillips.393 - 2012-12-24 17:56

    Get well soon ntate Mandela, our thoughts are with you.

  • philemonmaepa.phatlane - 2012-12-24 18:01

    where is mandela,s kids,wife and ex.i guess they are consulting lawyers for his will.if there is smoke there is fire

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-24 18:34

      unyanisile themba ezizinja mazitshate zombini azizingci ngenkululeko yazo sis

      phahla.matwa - 2012-12-24 18:37

      I think u r drinking 2 much liquor boy.

  • - 2012-12-24 18:04

    @osmaseko.People like you are amazing, but anyway that's your opinion. Get well soon, Tata.

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-12-24 18:23

    Mr Mandela's recent health worries had been deafening to put it mildly,but the ANC's deliberate attempts to give out as little information on how he truly is by withholding information has made some started to fear the worse about him quite frankly. Has this Mangaung conference and all it's subsequent BS meant news on Mandela were being jeopardized I wonder?Many African people have got TB or HIV/Aids and such for example,but for goodness sake this is a national hero you reporting on so please why all the secrecy?

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-24 18:29

      How does one 'jeorpadize news'?

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-12-24 19:12

      @themba Go ask your ANC Cadres that.

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-24 18:27

    Blah blah blah! Same story over and over again!

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-24 18:36

      Ftsek boere ninja.

      John Khumalo - 2012-12-24 18:40

      what is your point then?

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-24 18:41

      Boerewors Ninja hamba :)

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-12-24 19:00

      I see ernest and his bride 2 be themba boy at it again..Less of the Gin & Tonic boys.

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-24 19:10

      bobo.jane.1 hope you gona behave yourself today maboy.

  • mzuvumile.g.mnqanqeni - 2012-12-24 18:31

    Wish this special son of abathembu speed recovery stay strong grandpa.

  • ntoko.ndlovu.7 - 2012-12-24 18:34

    As long as Tata will recover

  • phahla.matwa - 2012-12-24 18:34

    We wish him merry xmas n happy nu year.

      louis.scholtz1 - 2012-12-24 19:52

      Soon to be X'ed out...

  • difa.mashwama - 2012-12-24 18:38

    wish you an early recovery tata, may God save your life.

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-12-24 18:40

    Merry Christmas and get well. From all of us (who respect virtue).

  • John Khumalo - 2012-12-24 18:43

    sinethemba lokuthi uzophola u comrade mandela

  • nomaphelo.suku - 2012-12-24 19:10

    Tata get well soon, we luv u ,Merry Christmas

  • kumi.padayachy - 2012-12-24 19:23

    Our prayers are you you Tata, please get well soon

  • Rhulani - 2012-12-24 19:53

    When his family members visit you don't write anything you journalists, but when zuma visit you write, what for?

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-12-24 19:58

    Please get well Tata!!!

  • Mzamane Samuel Khobane - 2012-12-24 21:36

    merry christmas TaTa

  • Willie Olivier - 2012-12-24 23:35

    Charles Frederik Robberts, as jy nie die man kan respekteer nie, dan respekteer sy rang! Het jy niks in die army geleer nie? Of was jy nie in die army nie?

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