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Mandela could soon be discharged: Mbeki

2013-07-14 14:46

Johannesburg — Former president Thabo Mbeki says he expects Nelson Mandela to soon be discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home.

Eyewitness News reported on Sunday that Thabo Mbeki was speaking at a memorial service on Saturday when he predicted that Mandela would be going home.

Mandela has been hospitalised for more than five weeks for a recurring lung infection, sparking an outpouring of support in South Africa and internationally. Friends who have visited him say he is on life support in the form of mechanical ventilation. The most recent official update on his health said Mandela was in critical but stable condition.

The anti-apartheid hero spent 27 years in prison before becoming South Africa's first black president in 1994. He turns 95 on Thursday.

Comments
  • Moss Kop - 2013-07-14 14:49

    Great news indeed.

      Nico de Jongh - 2013-07-14 15:32

      Good news from a man closer to Madiba than most smiling snakes.

      YagAvaryu - 2013-07-14 15:45

      Sorry to speak against this apparent good sign - but I don't believe a word of it. Madiba is already brain-dead or else his body is already on ice. This is a purely political maneuver. This is the day of high-tech. And not ONE photo, not ONE doctor giving a news briefing. Are you readers so gullible?

      Goman Sofilaone - 2013-07-14 15:47

      If its coming from Pres Mbeki its probably true. He is a gentleman. He says what he means and means what he says.

      Francois Smith - 2013-07-14 15:51

      mbedjie also believed Bob will have free and fair erections - oops that was Zuma. Elections.

      Fourhundredkg Bobbejaan - 2013-07-14 21:33

      Isn't this the same guy who said HIV doesn't cause AIDS? That would also have been good news if it was true...

      DeAndre Sosa - 2013-07-15 13:01

      A Virus does not cause a syndrome , go do your research bobbejaan.

  • Mpadu - 2013-07-14 14:52

    We trust God. He's in control...

      Povo Harare - 2013-07-16 06:24

      God is in control of what? South Africa? The ANC? Madiba? You trust god, I will stick with reality.

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-07-14 14:52

    Much of relief for now. Welcome home.

  • Thukhe Ndlovu Farmer - 2013-07-14 15:02

    People, this is not an announcement bt a prediction.

      Dennies Pterrance - 2013-07-14 15:20

      Did the former president Nelson Mandela is still alive?

  • Mzimcool Van Linden - 2013-07-14 15:04

    Let nature performe it's cause......I know it's not simple but we can live with it. The Man upstairs is in cotrol

  • Gary Wynnè Vickers - 2013-07-14 15:05

    So when did you become a medical doctor Mbeki

      Phuphudlelwe Vukayilahle - 2013-07-14 15:53

      both of you,you need to go and smell your underwears.

  • Bongiwe Dlutu - 2013-07-14 15:05

    Thats a great prediction Mr Mbeki, I don't think Makaziwe will lill like this....may he recover soon.

      Shiwe Van Wyk Nazo - 2013-07-14 15:40

      eish he mst be heald

  • Mafez Stella - 2013-07-14 15:15

    Yeah!its really confusing bt I think its a matter of tym!!!let God do his best

  • Fillas Fedrick Maluleke - 2013-07-14 15:16

    Mandela's situation is complicated

      Bt Muthwa - 2013-07-14 16:34

      if there anything you dont understand about Madiba try to be content with that , during the time he was in jail we were told mandela is a big black guy who is chained in jail and will never be let out because he is dangerous he will take a bush knife and chop everyone on his way , when he came out we saw a tall guy with an innocent smile .

      Nico Nicolas - 2013-07-14 16:39

      be better tata

  • Sheila Brownskin - 2013-07-14 15:16

    Stop keeping us in the dark and tell us the truth, or can we wait until HiS birthday??? Just confused

      Tshepo Ralph - 2013-07-14 16:05

      That is "HIGHLY MISSION IMPOSSIBLE" statement 4rm the former president Mbeki that Mandela coukd b discharge vry soon. MANDELA IS CRITICAL ILL BT STABLE.

  • Machipisa Queen - 2013-07-14 15:19

    Nna gake tlhaloganye sepe critically but stable a di doctor tse di tlhaloganyang di tlhalose (life support machine)ke moka a sule who is going 2 kill r icon frm de fmly etla be ele mmolai

      DumAss Blackie - 2013-07-14 17:24

      Huh? What language is that...?

  • Ephraim Le-Nation - 2013-07-14 15:22

    Mandela could be laid to rest after his birthday

  • Bongani Mpondo Mtwebana Andries - 2013-07-14 15:37

    Great news for us

  • George Brighton Shikhibana - 2013-07-14 15:41

    Zizi! African renaisance!

      Phuphudlelwe Vukayilahle - 2013-07-14 16:11

      And AFICA for AFRICANS home and abroad

      Anneline Etienne Gouws - 2013-07-14 18:43

      Afica is yours! Take it! ;)

  • Siyabonga Mnguni - 2013-07-14 15:52

    Ngyakthanda Mandela!u better dan Zuma(DICTACTOR)...

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-07-14 15:54

    Thanks for that "DR"Mbeki but we rather here it from Graca Marchel herself. By the way..how is the 100 000 dollar apearance/ speech buisness going??

  • steven.hing.12 - 2013-07-14 15:57

    Thabo Mbheki is speaking through his rear end again!

      Phuphudlelwe Vukayilahle - 2013-07-14 16:09

      WHY am i not supprised?

  • Sharlotte Ramarumo - 2013-07-14 16:00

    dat will b a great thing 2 all the south africans

  • Seun Khesa - 2013-07-14 16:03

    Does Zuma have to read every time has has to utter something.....even just to say Thaima is critically better? Hhai daaiman....

  • John Tex - 2013-07-14 16:13

    Please leave madiba alone please

  • Titus Mogaladi - 2013-07-14 16:18

    That is the hope and prayer of millions who acknowledge Madiba's selfless contribution to our liberation from the previous apartheid regime. That he should be well enough to celebrate his 95th birthday at home with his family. Titus

  • Bongo Bongo - 2013-07-14 16:40

    Go home to recuperate with his ancestors, if he isn't already there.

  • Ellis Blue - 2013-07-14 16:42

    Now im seriously confused. A few days ago Madiba was still critically ill and on life support yet today Thabo says he might be discharged soon?! Surely one has got to get much better before you can go home, and we have't heard anything to that extend from the dr's yet. As much as we all want Madiba to get well again - God willing - ain't that a wee bit hasty Thabo? I doubt mr Mbeki is a very reliable source.

      Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-07-14 16:58

      I think we will never know the truth about the condition of Madiba..

  • Patrick Panama Ramokgola - 2013-07-14 16:49

    Mandela is old and he lived his life fully. Its now up to you and me to make this country a better place for us all who live in.

  • Mbulelo Somzana - 2013-07-14 16:51

    We all hope so.

  • Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-07-14 16:54

    Thursday its his burthday...i always suspected that there were waiting for his birthday...

  • Caravan Moore - 2013-07-14 17:21

    Shame on people who write bad comments wishing death to madiba. It shows how old minded africans r. At 94 in some countries its not an age wher they say its over. My neigbor is 93 she stil goes out shopping with a carer. My other neigbor is 97 stil fit altho on a wheel chair. I knw a lot of 80somethings stil behind the wheel and enjoying it and people r living to 100yrs in countries that hav invested in health infrastructure. Its time to get civilised instead of going downwards both in the economy and in character.

      Justin van der Merwe - 2013-07-14 18:31

      another bloody buffoon, are you dyslexic? learn how to spell you idiot!!!

      Todd Smith - 2013-07-15 04:33

      Caravan Moore, No one has wished him death. Where are you getting that? They just don't believe he could have gone from critically ill to ready to go home without a word from the family about it. As far as people and age, its a matter of genes, how one takes care of themselves, and a bit of luck as well. In the case of Madiba, he has had a long time problem with his lungs. 94 is old, no one can dispute that. People wonder about his true condition now, and you can't blame them for that.

  • ARTFUL DODGER. - 2013-07-14 17:26

    Wishful thinking!!!

  • Firstseed Mbeva - 2013-07-14 17:39

    Seeing is believing

  • Renier Moolman - 2013-07-14 17:39

    When the hospital realized that they could do nothing more for my grandfather, they also released him to go home. He died soon afterwards.

      Jones Joseph - 2013-07-14 17:57

      That was your grandfather,and this is Mandela. Two different people

      Justin van der Merwe - 2013-07-14 18:12

      here's to hoping

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-07-14 19:30

      Jones, where would you rather die? In a hospital or your own home surrounded by those who genuinely care for you. Some people request that they be allowed to die at home rather than in a hospital. Renier's father was possibly one of them and Mandela may also have expressed that wish and Graca has had a chance to realise that the doctors may be right. When someone dies they can also be said to be going home - it is a euphemism, as in he kicked the bucket, he bought the farm and he passed away. These are all different ways of saying someone is no longer living. I sincerely hope that Mandela is still alive and that he is no longer on machines. If that is the case I hope that being surrounded by people like Makaziwe doesn't kill him.

  • Mulisa Makhalimela - 2013-07-14 17:44

    does that mean doctors cnnt do more than wat they r doing nw or they gonna work at home

  • thanuj.thulsie - 2013-07-14 18:12

    When on his birthday?

  • Nathi Nkambule - 2013-07-14 18:18

    good news indeed...I wish Madiba could live 120 years...

      Lindiwe Corsa - 2013-07-14 18:29

      stupid fool its u vander merwe.telebranche

      Justin van der Merwe - 2013-07-14 18:33

      Lindiwe, what the hell are you doing on the computer? did you steal it, go clean the bloody house

      Lindiwe Corsa - 2013-07-14 18:44

      kwaaakwaaa merwe.shame boy if only you knew who u talkng abot.ur sister is making tea in my office.you only hev to accept.gone are those days u thnk u better dan us.who evn told u m using computer.but i dont blame u cos u a still @dose old lyf.kwaaaaakwaaa wa penga wena.

  • Ndoyisile - 2013-07-14 18:29

    Wish the old man speady recovery.

  • Phumudzo Jerry Matsila - 2013-07-14 18:36

    That will be a great achievement by Doctors who ar bussy with his treatment. I will be 1 of the happiest ppl seeing our Hero walking back home. God will always provide 4 his children. Let's keep on praying 4 him.

      Justin van der Merwe - 2013-07-14 18:39

      can see you are an uneducated fool, still believing in a being that doesn't exist, and cant spell for sh*t, go back to school

      Bolawana Carol Masao - 2013-07-14 19:21

      @justin van der Merwe, what is your problem?

  • Judit Victor - 2013-07-14 18:52

    WHO on earth still believes this? One can see how Mr. Zuma is eagerly awaiting a 95th birthday. I do not believe that Mr. Mandela is recuperating - it would have to be by some miracle. Same thing happened in Venezuela - the people were left wondering when Hugo Chavez didn't turn up for his re-election, in the meantime, rumours flared at the time that he was by then indeed already thoroughly dead. And is this right for a person who perhaps is suffering. If it's his lungs it means there is suffering far worse than pain.

  • Martin Brink - 2013-07-14 19:02

    I personally think its fitting that a person with class provides the good news. I had a final 2 weeks with my dad to say goodbye after he was discharged and hope for at least the same for him and those that care about him.

  • Meredith Pollock - 2013-07-14 19:19

    Whatever!!! I have given up trying to figure out what the real truth is behind the whole Mandela saga.. But one thing is for sure, one cannot believe a single word that comes out of the ANC's mouths..

  • mapudieric.morakiwamachacha - 2013-07-14 19:27

    M so disappointed with this 'justin van der merwe' guy, people like him are a disgrace to this land. His racist comments leaves much to be desired!

  • Chevon Martin - 2013-07-14 19:43

    Please then keep your comments to him, not to all white people or boere. Your comnent makes me uneasy. Just like u may not agree with the statements of all black people, not all whites agree with his

  • Leon Percy Terblanche - 2013-07-14 20:08

    NO COMMENT ON THIS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Llewellyn Arendse - 2013-07-14 20:40

    if mandela survive this hospital stay and come out alive , i will call he a superman , immortal evens.

  • Frans Ntshebele - 2013-07-14 20:41

    i m asking my self, is this vander merwe a human being or a programmed computer. I think its a computer that was programmed by E Terreblanche,its software must be upgrated to the latest version of democracy..... Moron this Van der Merwe

  • Shumani Sydney Mahandana - 2013-07-14 20:55

    van der merwe don,t cum with ur sh*t pig

  • Mongi Wethu - 2013-07-14 21:16

    One never knows which president to believe more than the other president about the president which is quite a precedent in itself.

      Barbara Smith - 2013-07-15 05:38

      Oh, well said Mongi, well said!

  • Maphosa Glorothilda - 2013-07-15 07:18

    Thanx,Mr.Mbeki, my President for the great news. The one and only man who understand our continent, Africa.Thanx son of the soil.

  • Sene Pitso - 2013-07-15 07:35

    I think what my honourable president is saying is that its bter to die surounded by ur luvd ones in a familiar environment

  • Elsie Bernardo Marais - 2013-07-15 08:03

    I would love to speak to the team of doctors who are treating Mandela. They are excellant in keeping a 95 year old alive. Just want to know would they do it for any other 95 year old person in South Africa? I sincerely hope so. Every senior citizen deserve the best possible medical treatment.

  • Ianthe Exall - 2013-07-15 08:12

    The AID'S denialist is now a doctor?

  • Sara Tuffs Van Kuik - 2013-07-15 09:27

    Clearly been drinking that magic smirnoff beetroot juice again!!