Mandela hospital stay 'not an emergency'

2012-02-25 14:18

Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela's hospitalisation on Saturday was a planned check up and the former South African leader would not require surgery, the ruling African National Congress said.

"He had abdominal pains for some time and they decided that he must receive the attention of the specialists so it was not an emergency admission, it was planned," ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza told the private eNews channel.

"It's a check up, there's no operation involved."

After a previous health scare sparked panic last year, officials Saturday moved quickly to reassure the public with Khoza saying "there is nothing to worry about".

"Medically he's fine, it's just to deal with the abdominal pains and that's it," said Khoza.

Officials have not revealed where Mandela has been admitted.

  • Grant - 2012-02-25 14:45

    The ANC is incapable of telling the truth so if they say there is "nothing to worry about" then the old man has reached the end.

      RA - 2012-02-25 16:08

      i guess thats why he went to Jhb, for the "stomach ailment" , cannot always believe the media.. heart failure?

      Daft - 2012-02-25 18:03

      Why all this "WHO HA "...he is just another man...What about the millions dying in the rest of africa ??

  • Pietertjie - 2012-02-25 14:45

    Lies, lies, lies....

  • shadung.raymond - 2012-02-25 14:46

    Our former president is very old, therefore it is natural for old people to experiece dis types of problems. People must learn to accept that and stop making it sound as if he is dying now. I believe that even if he dies he really fulfilled his purpose of being on earth therefore we must accept that. The most problematic factor is that not even 2% of current office bearers have learnt a thing or two from him, thats what must be our greatest concern!!!! I LOVE THE OLD MAN WITH ALL MY HEART!

  • Guy - 2012-02-25 14:59

    Geez the powers that be, are terrified of the truth, or are they scared of the consequences.

  • kasiboy55 - 2012-02-25 15:02

    He's old and that's what old people do, they get sick and die! Now why do I have to be bombarded with this everywhere I go? TV, Radio, internet etc!

  • William - 2012-02-25 15:10


  • acsteyn - 2012-02-25 15:19

    The nation joins me in wishing Madiba a speedy recovery. Take it easy Tata, you deserve your rest and it is our privelege to take care of you for a change.

  • Danny - 2012-02-25 15:45

    Get better Madiba - we need you.

      Juan - 2012-02-25 16:12

      And what exactly has Mandela done for the last 3 years? Why does some people panic if he as much as catch a cold?? Should he die today it won't change anything, anc & company would be just as corrupt & pathetic as before, and it would be just another beautiful sunny day in a third world country. Anc would probably have a billion Rand funeral for him, but that's about all that's gonna happen

      Julie - 2012-02-25 16:26

      Need him what for? A mascot?

  • Julie - 2012-02-25 16:24

    There is a time to come and a time to 93?

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