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Mandela in Pretoria hospital for tests

2012-12-08 21:30

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital for medical tests on Saturday, just short of a year since his last known hospital visit.

"President Jacob Zuma wishes to advise that former President Nelson Mandela has today, 8 December 2012, been admitted in hospital in Pretoria to undergo tests," said spokesperson Mac Maharaj in a statement on Saturday afternoon.

The hospital was not named.

Maharaj insisted that there was no cause for concern.

"As said before, former President Mandela will receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age."

Mandela was admitted to hospital in February this year for a diagnostic procedure, which Lindiwe Sisulu, who was defence minister at the time, later said was “an investigative laparoscopy”.

"President Zuma assures all that Madiba is doing well and there is no cause for alarm," Maharaj said.

Zuma said: "We wish Madiba all the best. The medical team is assured of our support as they look after and ensure the comfort of our beloved founding President of a free and democratic South Africa."

The Presidency appealed to the media and the public to respect the privacy of Mandela and his family.

Speculation

Mandela’s hospital visit in February this year was marked with much less media speculation than a hospital visit in January 2011, when few updates on his condition were made public, leading to many unfounded rumours regarding his condition.

In February, the Presidency sent regular updates on his condition, but did not say in which hospital he was being treated, probably as a result of a media frenzy outside Milpark hospital in Johannesburg the year before.

In 2011, he was in hospital for what the Nelson Mandela Foundation called “routine checks”.

That year, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe eventually broke the silence on Mandela’s condition on 27 January, saying that he would be discharged on the same day and receive home-based care for a respiratory infection.

Another frenzy followed in December 2011, when eNews, in a review of stories from the year, carried file footage of Madiba being taken to hospital in January 2011.

This triggered a flurry of rumours regarding the former president's health.

"The presidency has received calls from the media enquiring about Madiba's health," Maharaj said at the time.

"It appears that an end of year review done by a media house may have unfortunately triggered a rumour of ill-health."

On Saturday afternoon, one military hospital in Pretoria appeared quiet with no access control or any signs of heightened security outside.

Comments
  • asdhasgd - 2012-12-08 21:40

    Godspeed Madiba !! Hope the tests go well :) viva tata viva!!

      asdhasgd - 2012-12-08 22:48

      I honest to god cannot believe the lack of respect on this forum?? this man spent 27 years of his life in PRISON for his country and now you all spit in face?? F*** YOU ALL!! >:(

      michangel.justice - 2012-12-10 00:20

      time for God to complete His work, nothin that any man, doctor can do about that. He live a courageous life. Not even dr chris barnard could safe himself after saving so many people. People theres nothin to be afraid of ! The Lord is calling on his children, i hope theres a priest to offer him the last sacrament and that tata madiba has repent his sins and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into his live in order to gain eternal life with God, the only way is thru the Son of God, Jesus Christ Our Saviour to be victorious? My well wishes(condolences will follow) to his fam and to our people that walk with madiba

  • thabi.seletisha - 2012-12-08 22:18

    People must leave the poor old Madiba, he need his rest, the oupa have no interest about stupid issues he deserve his rest

  • mmangaliso - 2012-12-08 22:21

    stop sugar coating it whilst he is still alive!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-12-08 23:52

      It is better to shock a nations to a stand still than a term of uncertainty and havoc. Pappa i wish you well!!!

  • Swapie - 2012-12-08 22:22

    Get well soon Old One.

  • Joe - 2012-12-08 22:34

    Surely this must be SERIOUS to fly Mandela on Saturday afternoon from the EC to Pretoria. I think as a nation we should be realistic... Mandela will die soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all SA. God has granted him a long life.

  • mandlanez - 2012-12-08 22:35

    get well soon Madiba until u reach 200years

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-12-08 22:43

    speed recovery,Tata... U my hero!

  • nyakanyaka.nyakanyaka - 2012-12-08 22:54

    Only man who fought just war! War without victory n still without armament. Rest in peace.......

  • GuySoskin - 2012-12-08 22:56

    While I really wish Mr Mandela well, what worries me is that Mr Maharaj says that there is no cause for concern. I cannot remember the last time - if ever he has told the truth...

  • pheliswa.msaseni.1 - 2012-12-08 23:07

    Papa ur blessed, lovely, favoured, covered by the blood of Jesus, our father Jesus will never allow u to die in pain u have fight for us our generation is free because of u I myt not have a job but I'm free I have a lot to say but in 1 word I love u and all is well if u

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-12-08 23:55

      Cant believe u got thumbs down.

  • phuti.hlabane - 2012-12-08 23:20

    It's a fact he gona die soon,no man can live 4eva but ANC wud make u beliv he is gona live foreva.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-12-09 00:03

      Phuti. True! We are only humans, but lets not forget what he stand for in his later life. Lets celebrate it and get rid of these useless leaders to progress. Lets do what needs to still be done.

  • shadrack.motshwara - 2012-12-08 23:24

    Get wel Tata Madiba we all understand dat u r now ageng but yo presence is stil keepin us united

  • aircethu - 2012-12-09 01:42

    Owu yhini xhego lam,,kuzolunga Yem-yem!

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-09 05:15

    Waiting for the good news!

  • dina.namrholozi1 - 2012-12-09 06:31

    For me Tata is already blessed for reaching 94 because few folks reach that age this days. We need to admit that this body God gave us is not forever and at some point uTata will leave us.He has done so much already and the last thing we want for him is to be in pain.I wish we can leave him in one peace,why are we behaving like we don't know what most elderly people go through-they often seek medical attention and their body becomes more frail as they get older and so is Tata.

  • dina.namrholozi1 - 2012-12-09 06:31

    For me Tata is already blessed for reaching 94 because few folks reach that age this days. We need to admit that this body God gave us is not forever and at some point uTata will leave us.He has done so much already and the last thing we want for him is to be in pain.I wish we can leave him in one peace,why are we behaving like we don't know what most elderly people go through-they often seek medical attention and their body becomes more frail as they get older and so is Tata.

  • tshep0 - 2012-12-09 08:29

    amazing people send best wishes messages to TATA but get dislikes and you tell me most people in here are not racist?gtfoh!!!!news24 should remove likes and dislikes tabs this is disturbing.(dislikes as expected)

  • helen.schultz.370 - 2012-12-09 09:02

    Not a state hospital? I trust he will be allowed to behave like an aged human as he is very much respected by us, and not an icon for osomebody elses' motives.

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-12-09 10:29

    All the best Madiba....may God, keep you strong all the way. South Africa and the world, still need your guidance, your being around, gives us hope.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-12-09 12:37

    oh...now you using PRETORIA????...but tell us rather the TRUTH..."TESTS".... ja what tests??? his 94 jussie

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