Family visits Mandela in hospital

2013-04-01 18:17

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela is still in hospital with pneumonia, with no significant change in his condition, the presidency says.

"There is no significant change in his condition since the update issued last night [Sunday]," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement on Monday.

"He spent part of Family Day today with some members of his family, who appreciate the support they have been receiving from the public."

This weekend, Maharaj said Mandela had the water on his lungs drained, helping him breathe after his chest problems flared up again.

Mandela was admitted to an undisclosed hospital just before midnight on Wednesday.

Over the last few months, Mandela had been in hospital a few times. His lengthiest stay was in December, when he spent 18 days in a Pretoria hospital to undergo an operation to remove gallstones and receive treatment for his lung infection.

South Africa's first black president has a long history of lung problems, dating back to the time when he contracted TB while a political prisoner on Robben Island during apartheid.

  • Duffy Dack - 2013-04-01 18:35

    News24 realy has some dummmmmm readers,I read an article about new language (Mxlish) earlier and non of them was smart enough to read the whole article which in the end stated clear This is an April Fool's Joke people are so angry,as for me, I just laughed my head off when I was on the second line because something told me straight that was just a joke. No sense of humour at all to SAns.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2013-04-01 21:19

      This is a copy and paste from what you put on the Happy Sindane article. Perhaps you should stick to websites which are not as challenging for you as this one?

  • Nicola Erasmus - 2013-04-01 18:46

    I am actually dreading that something should happen to Madiba today as it will be perceived as being a sick April Fool's Joke.

      Dave Mbeva - 2013-04-01 20:04

      Sounds like good bye

  • Phuphudlelwe Vukayilahle - 2013-04-01 18:48

    What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.

  • Wescot Mwanza - 2013-04-01 18:54

    Get well soon Mandiba. The world still need your wise wisdom and consel.

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2013-04-01 19:27

      No wise wisdom, lost it a long time ago. He is old and his memory is gone. I get the feeling he is just being kept alive, why I don't know. He don't even know he is very ill, but his body feels uncomfortable. He must be left in peace now.

  • Mixo Osculate - 2013-04-01 19:19

    Wishing u speed recovery Madibaaaa mch luv nd may God blss u wth many more bdays...

  • Mari Theologo - 2013-04-01 21:36

    Some of the comments are very insensitive!!! Let him and his family be and let them spent all the time he has left with him!! Our thoughts are with u Mr Mandela and your family!!

  • Gift Chamgwela Chinyati - 2013-04-02 07:31

    i wish a quick recovery Tata,may God grant u healing mercies. we luv u.

  • Siphiwe NaMtshweni Dumako - 2013-04-02 07:44

    i dont mean to be insensitive, but lets face the facts Tata is very old and I personally think that God should take pity on him and take him to his eternal home.

      alf.hill.1 - 2013-04-02 14:57

      I agree with you Siphiwe. He is an icon to many of us and will forever make us proud as Africans. He can barely stand on his feet, hearing his last birthday it was clear he did not even understand where he was, he does not seem to recognize his friends, and probably some members of his family. His feet are so swollen it is hard to watch him without tears falling down one's eyes. He once stood tall, danced without any care in the world, shook everyone's hand irrespective of stature, had that naughty smile. All these things are no more. I think we should all respect his privacy and let him spend his last days with his loved ones. To expect him to be the supe human that he once was is selfish and inconsiderate. He has played his innings and did that well.

  • Taki Muhali Sadiki - 2013-04-02 11:12

    I really don't see where this country is going if so many people are still blaming everything that goes wrong on the former regime, instead of us as a country to come together as one and build a better mzansi for the generations to come we busy throwing insults at each other, like really when is this black and white thingy going to end? Its very sad. May God do as he wishes with madiba. What i don't get is some people still thinks we need his(madiba's) guidance, like really? The man is old im 100% sure he no longer understands most of the things happening around, i think its time we accept and let God do his will.

  • dannymothilall.danny - 2013-04-02 17:29

    Get well soon Tata Mandela-We first met at a five star hotel where you spent a few days before your inauguration ,I remember clearly that you shook my hands and gave me a pat on my back and your words'How are you My boy'still rings a bell so please GOD SPARE THIS WORLD ICON So that I might have the opportunity of meeting him once again-DANNY-EX MAHARANI HOTEL DURBAN BEACH FRONT.

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