Madiba in 'high spirits'

2012-12-27 12:58

Johannesburg - Former President Nelson Mandela continues to receive medical care as he rests at his home in Houghton, the presidency said on Thursday.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said while he had not received an update from doctors by late Thursday morning, "I assume everything is going well".

Maharaj said he did not have specific details on the medical regime Mandela, aged 94, is undergoing since he was discharged from hospital on Wednesday evening.

"The doctors told me they are taking him home, where they are giving him home-based high care."

Mandela spent 18 days in a Pretoria hospital after being flown from his Eastern Cape home at Qunu on December 8.

He was diagnosed with a lung infection and also underwent gallstone surgery.

His stay in hospital was 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 his 27-years spent in prison.

President Jacob Zuma paid Mandela a visit on Christmas day, saying at the time that he was "looking much better" and was in high spirits.

On Thursday, a media contingent set up camp opposite Mandela's home in Houghton.

  • themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-27 13:03

    Here we go again, gutter journalism at its best

  • ShottaZee - 2012-12-27 13:08

    Thanks to COPE's night vigil.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-27 13:28

    The same guy who wrote about the winelands protest wrote this article. I don't enjoy reading his articles almost as if it has been compiled by A.I.

  • angelanair3 - 2012-12-27 13:33

    How much of this is true? The window dressers and spind doctors are busy telling us what they want us to hear! I am glad Madiba is better. In fact I am ecstatic! I wonder if we would feel the same if Jacob was ill instead of Madiba!

  • rooibok - 2012-12-27 15:33


  • musa.kamashobane - 2012-12-27 15:35

    Doctors can only do so much, aging is a disease, it brings a lot of complications in our bodies. I don't know what Mac,the liar is talking about. High spirits ?

  • phuti.hlabane - 2012-12-27 16:13

    I thinnk wud b cleva if ANC cud stop using Mandela to canvass for votes,it's not cool @ all,Zuma know he shal Neva reach the likes of Mbekis & them.He know those who voted for him @ Mangaung r poor folks who rely only on SABC news which is a mouth piece of ANC.Hence in Gauteng we did not cos we know tht he is a looser.

      annette.duvenhage.1 - 2012-12-28 16:59

      We need more people like yourself in SA Phuti.

  • cedric.hedgcock - 2012-12-27 16:45

    I wish they could give you another 94 years Sir! Your values are being flushed as we speak/write - who knows where we are heading without you as the glue that stunts the antics of a growing number of loose cannons in S.A.!

  • cheryl.laing.94 - 2012-12-27 17:42

    medical "regime" - "regimen" please. The quality of writing is embarrassing.

  • willem.v.hoven - 2012-12-27 20:45

    I am also in high spirits: CANE (the cheapest)

  • george.pito - 2012-12-27 21:02

    He had a good time if you look at his reputation

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