Mandela: No news is good news, says govt

2013-01-03 14:32

Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela's recovery was said to be "moving reasonably well" after his recent hospitalisation, South Africa's presidency said on Thursday, insisting that no news is good news.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said doctors had not updated the presidency on the internationally revered icon's health which signalled that "Madiba is continuing to progress", referring to his clan name.

"In the absence of a statement, please conclude that it's all moving reasonably well," he added.

Officials have offered few details about the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero's condition since he was discharged from hospital last week, after a stay of nearly three weeks for a recurrent lung infection and gallstone surgery.

On Friday, his daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini told AFP that he is "doing great" and enjoying time with his family at his Johannesburg home.

Mandela was flown to a Pretoria hospital on 8 December from his rural village home in Qunu. He was discharged last Wednesday and will receive "home-based high care" until he makes a full recovery.

"They said he was improving. The doctors are happy, there's no crisis, they've taken him out of hospital, they've taken him home," Maharaj told AFP.

After serving one term as president, Mandela has grown increasingly frail in recent years and was last seen in public in July 2010.


  • avremel.niselow - 2013-01-03 14:40

    So basically you are too lazy to tell us what's really going on. Either that or you are hiding something.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-03 17:05

      Mmm.. sounds like News24 where no news is ever good news either... (and yes, I do understand the expression)

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-04 05:23

      I think Mandela is just stressed that his movement the A. Africans N. Nationalize C. headed by the least respected criminal in history..................

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-01-03 14:43

    Now that sounds like a constructive government communications policy! Please advise the president that he should listen to what his henchmen are not saying!

  • CarmenP.Duncan - 2013-01-03 14:45

    he has a Heart problem - Not Lung etc etc.... tell the world the truth, for once!!

  • nardus.jordaan - 2013-01-03 15:07

    My logic tells me that a ill (has been in hospital quite a few times during 2012) 94 year old human being that has last been seen in public in 2010 cant be that well and is at the end of his life. He is 94, give him a break, let him die in peace (I'm not wishing him dead). Don't get me wrong, I would like to know if and when he dies, but till then leave the man in piece....

  • muke.matshaba - 2013-01-03 15:07

    Mandela is not well at all, who saw his recent fotoes after his hospital release?

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2013-01-03 15:19

    If mr mac says good morning make sure you look at the time on your watch!!!!!

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-01-03 17:01

      Maharaj has given the word "liar" a new meaning. One cannot believe anything he says. Show us some photographs of Nelson Mandela!

  • joy.termorshuizen - 2013-01-03 15:20

    Can we all FFS make peace with the fact that he is going to die and sooner rather than later. The man is 94 years old! He is not going to get better.

      bennie.kruger.5 - 2013-01-03 15:40

      The Truth is brutal in its honesty.

      moses.m.masilela - 2013-01-03 22:18

      @Joy, my dear you're putting a curse upon yourself.

  • vuyanika.mpangalala - 2013-01-03 15:26

    Nyakomusha Madiba uphile nenkos izokpha mandla

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-03 15:50

    Mgaragi should tell us to prepare for the oldman demise to avoid suprises i suspect he is on the life support machine

  • mike.bester1 - 2013-01-03 15:57

    i,m sure the dude is dead ?

      steele.oyle - 2013-01-03 17:34

      To you he may be some "dude", but to millions (vast majority of South Africa) he is our savior.

      mike.bester1 - 2013-01-04 08:54

      O good for you, Nothing to me ,, when you gots to go you gots to go.

  • bruno.bongani - 2013-01-03 16:03

    some people are very stupid and they like to sound intelligent by make stupid analyses of things that does not need to be analysed. and they are very insesitive

  • Rick.Gonzo.56 - 2013-01-03 16:30

    The media is like a little irritating kid. "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"

  • phuti.hlabane - 2013-01-03 17:28

    We must admit tht they r just making these statements to gaun points.ANC is rule by an illerate fool.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-03 18:05

    @Phuti try fixing your grammar first then you can try posting about literacy cause what you just wrote is embarrassing!!!

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-03 18:16

      Yes, even ANC sheep admits that it's embarassing to have an illiterate dancing and giggling old fool for a president

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-03 20:00

    @Themba My utterances where not to Zuma but Phuti and since I'm an ANC sheep I should guess you're a DA skaap (now that would be a joke) and on the other hand if you don't stand for anything you fall for anything hence such narrow remarks!!!

  • moses.m.masilela - 2013-01-03 22:16

    No news is good news???? since when?

  • steven.m.armour - 2013-01-04 06:30

    The spin doctors at work.Come on.Tell us the truth how is Madiba doing.

  • byron.jay.37 - 2013-01-04 10:24

    Mandela is still my Hero. My Parents hero, the nations father. Our humble friend and care giver. Much love Tata

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