Mandela family leaves Pretoria hospital

2013-06-26 16:18

Pretoria - Nelson Mandela's ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left the Pretoria hospital where the former president remains critically ill on Wednesday.

Madikizela-Mandela left about an hour after she arrived. This was her shortest visit since the presidency announced the former anti-apartheid icon's condition deteriorated on Sunday evening.

Daughters Makaziwe Mandela and Zindzi Mandela also left the facility, along with grandchildren Ndaba Mandela and Ndileka Mandela.

Earlier in the day, about 20 children from the Thanduxolo Day Care centre arrived at the hospital's Celliers Street entrance to put up their hand-made card and recite a poem.

Part of the poem translates from Zulu as "Hold on old man".

Julia Masango, a woman who works at a nearby supermarket, came to show support for her long-time icon.

"I am very sad that he is sick. He must get better or the gods must release him," she said.

More police officers were manning the hospital's entrances and using mirrors to inspect the undersides of cars entering the premises.

Tshwane metro police officers cordoned off Celliers Street, only letting in cars of journalists and those of people living in the area.

The country's former surgeon general, Dr Vejay Ramlakan, arrived at the hospital earlier on Wednesday. He stepped down earlier this year.

The presidency said on Tuesday that Mandela remained in a critical condition.

"[Mandela's] condition remains unchanged in hospital, and doctors continue to do their best to ensure his recovery, well-being and comfort," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

  • Pretty Cele - 2013-06-26 16:29

    This family deserves respect, from experience this is the most difficult time of their lives. Can we leave them alone and let Tata recover peacefully. Rather focus on things like corruption in this country

      Rajah Favoured Fadzai - 2013-06-26 16:44

      But at the same time dont you think we deserve to know what really is going on with Madiba?

      Ephraim Le-Nation - 2013-06-26 17:15

      recover from what? his deteriorating age? the man had recurring sickness on his lungs, his organs are failing. if he's left un-attended for a day he's gone. what more do you want the man to serve? yeah we love him but its time ffs

  • Ditaba Mokoena - 2013-06-26 16:29

    Why is ex president Thabo Mbeki not visiting Nelson Mandela or say anything?

      Clement Mokone - 2013-06-26 16:34

      He did say something.

      Choene Sherley - 2013-06-26 16:35

      maybe Mbeki is still busy with his personal matters

      Mike Dlamama - 2013-06-26 17:23

      He is doing the right thing by staying away. He knows that the Mandela family need their space n more especially respect in this difficult time. He did say something n that was enough. Remember mr Mbeki is not only intelligent,he is a man who respects others n their traditions n values.

      Mpho Mogodiri - 2013-06-27 10:10

      i hv been asking myself dat

  • Kaapse Grappies - 2013-06-26 16:30


      Rohin Jadin - 2013-06-26 16:40

      she walked out - quicker than usual, that's the "news" - read between the lines as you desire.

      Kessly Sengwaketse - 2013-06-26 23:59

      where have u been?she has been coming there daily.OMG .mxxem

  • Ntokozo Ngobese - 2013-06-26 16:31

    We Love u Tata, just hang in there Tata.

      Rohin Jadin - 2013-06-26 17:08

      why would you want a 94 year old man in poor health to "hang in there"?

  • Nomcebo Ngidi - 2013-06-26 16:32

    Its look like you are going to report who among them been in out of lavatory fo so long u boring

  • Ashleigh Le Sar - 2013-06-26 16:36

    Every time I watch that movie about Mandela and the 1995 world cup I cry... he does everything with so much thought and grace and I'm sure what he's going through now will also be done in typical Madiba style...with absolute honour and grace! Tata you are an inspiration not only to our nation but to the world!!!

  • Eve Nel - 2013-06-26 16:37

    When a man is on life support, using machines to breathe and has kidney failure, his family have diggers on standby and are "arguing" about burial plans, there is no recovery. How i wish these people would just be honest with us!! Yes protocol needs to be followed and many have their own theory... truth please?!

  • Theo Van Niekerk - 2013-06-26 16:40

    Why do the writers of the news here keep using the words "icon" and "apartheid"? Limited vocabulary?

      David Mothemela - 2013-06-26 17:01

      Bt'it's true Madiba is a World Icon & he Dedicated his Life to fight Apartheid,So u Can't Separate his Caracter from those two Words.As we all Knows that your Deeds will always follow you. So What Other Vocabulary Words Must they use?

  • Garth Labuschagne - 2013-06-26 16:41

    This article belongs in the Cape Town International Airports's departures terminal

  • DeWet Du Plessis - 2013-06-26 16:46

    Can some one please explain the need for all the security. For years, the most loved man in SA lived in peace. Now all of a sudden they think that someone will do what? Blow up a critical ill 94 year old Icon? Assasinate him? What?

  • Gordon Sims - 2013-06-26 16:49

    I find it so strange that nobody has reported that Zelda has been to see Madiba - a woman who had such a close relationship with this man for SO many years has not been mentioned once ...... ??

      Anti-PC - 2013-06-26 17:08

      Do you really wonder why?

      Rohin Jadin - 2013-06-26 17:10

      maybe it's implied, like the fact that graca machel is by his side the whole time?

  • Denelene Sederstroom - 2013-06-26 16:51

    Himself said he is not a saviour,but what we see here is like jesus the time he was in israel,okay sorry!

      Tersia Louw - 2013-06-26 17:52

      What are you going on about?

      Kessly Sengwaketse - 2013-06-27 00:09

      yes u have to be sorry,what are u thinking?stupid comments

  • Rajah Favoured Fadzai - 2013-06-26 16:52

    We still have hope..We cant just let go without a fight..Long Live Madiba Love Always

  • zelda.matthews - 2013-06-26 16:52

    Gordon here i am... lol :)

  • Uriel Thozi - 2013-06-26 16:52

    There's something about that grave digger story that doesn't add up. Why didn't the journalist take a picture of it, because surely it's a piece of information they would make sure it's published! Speculations Speculations!

  • Vinicia Ndhlazi - 2013-06-26 16:53

    Dewet I believe they are trying to protectvhis family for privacy bcos the hospital site is so full people actually want to invade his privacy in the hospital.

      DeWet Du Plessis - 2013-06-26 17:03

      So why search under cars with mirrors etc? You would think 4 police guys at the hospital entrances and another 4 at the ward entrance would be enough?

  • Johan_Swart - 2013-06-26 16:56

    mandela's family arrives at hospital , mandela's family leaves hospital , arrives , leaves, arrives, leaves, who cares ? just tell me when he get's better or dies , that is all we really want to know , not who the h&ll is visiting or not visiting

      Nichole Nicky Buthelezi - 2013-06-26 18:39

      johan dont you think thats a bit harsh words?

  • Katlego Molekwa - 2013-06-26 16:57

    Get better, u are in our prayers. Wish u a speedy recovery

  • Masti M Soomaru - 2013-06-26 17:02

    Don't the Police have crime somewhere???? then sitting around and wasting our tax money???

  • Richard Scully - 2013-06-26 17:20

    Unless they switch off that machine, assuming he's in a coma of course, this could take long

  • King Tlou - 2013-06-26 17:23

    Why did they leave :something is not right

      Nichole Nicky Buthelezi - 2013-06-26 18:43

      i agree with u Tlou, something is wrong but what? we dont want to be like journalist.

  • Gift Chamgwela Chinyati - 2013-06-26 17:57

    he is in our prayers

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-06-26 18:20

    I am worried some miracle, all the daughters, grandchildren , great-grandchildren are called Mandela. No husbands no fathers, how did it happen. Could be, riding on the old man's back. Sick lot.

  • Ebony Love - 2013-06-26 18:36

    and there i thought the hospital was in Putsonderwater, thanks for clearing that 1 up news20!!!!!!!! some more BS reporting!!!!

  • Israel - 2013-06-26 20:23

    "The family is going into the hospital" - "the family is leaving the hospital" - these words are now becoming monotonous!!!!!

  • Zuki Tshwete - 2013-06-26 22:11

    So what News24?????

  • Ntombi Baloyi - 2013-06-27 07:28

    Yawn!! Now can wwe get the news of other important things in SA and as for the police is there no where you need to be?

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