Mandela in hospital

2012-12-08 17:37

Cape Town - Former President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to a Pretoria hospital for “medical attention”, the Presidency has said.

President Jacob Zuma said in a statement that there was no cause for concern.

"Former President Nelson Mandela has today, 8 December 2012, been admitted in hospital in Pretoria to undergo tests," Zuma's office announced. Mandela "is doing well and there is no cause for alarm," it added.

“As said before, former President Mandela will receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age,” spokesperson Mac Maharaj said. 

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

AFP reports Mandela, who turned 94 in July, has grown frail and has not appeared in public since the Football World Cup final in 2010.

Rumours of his failing health flare up periodically, forcing the government to issue reassurances that all is well.

His last hospitalisation was in February when he spent a night in hospital for a minor exploratory procedure to investigate persistent abdominal pain.

"Mandela will receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age," said Zuma's office in a statement.

  • oppie.koffie - 2012-12-08 17:43

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and positive results.

      oppie.koffie - 2012-12-08 18:45

      Thank you for all the likes. Our country misses his 'Madiba-magic' and wisdom!

      maree.cassie - 2012-12-10 07:15

      Second that, get well soon madiba!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-10 09:06

      The reason so many worry about an old man's passing is a clear indication that this country has nothing else of value to cling to except the person of Nelson Mandela who they have made in to a saint and icon whether deserved or not!

      magda.harmse - 2012-12-10 11:39

      Madiba is an icon. A legend. He changed this country for the better. Being concerned is showing that we love and respect him. Thank you Tata Madiba for everything! Get well soon.

      boere.troos.5 - 2012-12-10 14:26

      Mandela and his state is no friend to my people. Do not be misled by this publicity - an Icon to communism. Rather pray for those in state hospitals all over this broken land - cause they really need it more to survive in there.

  • ranase - 2012-12-08 17:46

    tata will just be okay, he's survived a lot of things.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-08 18:29

      Ranase, no one has overcome advanced old age... the death rate is still 100%.

      Alien42063 - 2012-12-08 18:33

      @ranase Dude are you broken? Elbie is just making a true statement, not insulting you! No one lives forever

      Desilusionada - 2012-12-08 19:36

      Problem is that Zuma made a statement that he is OK. Zuma moved his lips............

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-12-08 17:51

    God will be with u Tata for no one on earth can do u better!

      gian.visser - 2012-12-09 19:27

      Really!? Where did you get your research from?

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2012-12-08 17:52

    Wishing Madiba well!

  • steven.majozi.1 - 2012-12-08 17:58

    Tata Madiba wishing you a speedy recovery

  • patuxolo - 2012-12-08 17:59

    May GOD keep you under HIS wing madiba omde. Get well sonn

  • steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-12-08 17:59

    All our good wishes to you Madiba. So sorry you are still not at the helm of this sinking ship.

  • anton.coetzee.5 - 2012-12-08 17:59

    How can I believe anything from Zuma's office? Get well Madiba!!!!!

  • Makhavele - 2012-12-08 18:02

    @Segal is dat a bank account if it is let's do the right think fellow South African. I think now its time to stop racist remarks and Build this World Class country.

      sherrill.petersen - 2012-12-08 18:07

      I second that. ENOUGH with the racist remarks...

  • Tlou.debele - 2012-12-08 18:05

    Get well so u cn b able 2 explain why dd u give jakob R1m toe out of all ppl. SIFUNA UKWAZI THINA

  • mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-12-08 18:05

    Get well soon Tata

  • jackbongani.phala - 2012-12-08 18:07


  • sherrill.petersen - 2012-12-08 18:09

    May God watch over my dearest Tata. Wishing him well.

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-12-08 18:10

    Huh!!!! What happened? Did he fall ill ? Give him a bowl of nice hot soup it works magic

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-08 18:51

      He's 94 you dweeb!!! What do you expect?

  • gregbest82za - 2012-12-08 18:14

    Get well Tata! Get well.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-12-08 18:15

    I wonder if it has something to do with that plane crash. Get well soon.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-12-08 18:18

    South Africa's first "Dark skinned President, came out of prison to reign" God have mercy and hope he gets well by the grace of God.

      Modise Lesley Morobe - 2012-12-08 18:31

      we wish him a speedy recovery; datz ALL please GOD help US as GOVERMENT of SA not ZUMA!!!

      oppie.koffie - 2012-12-08 18:40

      Amen! Fb = oubaas55

  • lebakeng.tjale - 2012-12-08 18:18

    We wish u speed recovery Tata.

  • rcgreeff - 2012-12-08 18:19

    Get well Madiba, this country needs you now.

  • msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-12-08 18:25

    wishing an ANC member a speedily recovery

      msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-12-08 18:38

      you will be strong Jamba

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-12-08 18:49

      I doubt he would want anything to do with the ANC!

  • Stavo.Chax - 2012-12-08 18:25

    Lets hope its not his last visit there.

  • manala.ishmael1 - 2012-12-08 18:25

    wish u speedy recovery TATA

  • Modise Lesley Morobe - 2012-12-08 18:28

    may u TATA get well because ALL we as SOUTH AFRICANS we need him as much as ZUMA he is DOING nothing: ONLY corruption. AKA les-ma-ada limpopo

  • earleschutt - 2012-12-08 18:43

    may God be with Tata during this time,I pray for healing over Tata amen

  • earleschutt - 2012-12-08 18:43

    may God be with Tata during this time,I pray for healing over Tata amen

  • earleschutt - 2012-12-08 18:43

    may God be with Tata during this time,I pray for healing over Tata amen

  • Brad - 2012-12-08 18:45

    As long as the old goat lasts until after the 2014 elections, I'll be happy.

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-08 19:10

      WHICH goat punk?

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-08 19:21

      'Old Goat' is a term of endearment, Ernest.

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-08 19:40

      thanks joe.smit.549

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-08 20:46

      This Blow-Fly has turned septic , Another Callous evolutionary mistake........

  • facts.peter - 2012-12-08 18:47

    If you have to believe Zuma, Mandela probably died 2 days ago.

      emson.chakupa - 2012-12-08 18:56

      President zuma is ryt... only that u hate him.. grow up

      chule.qalase - 2012-12-08 19:23

      I too don't believe anything from Zumas office especially from Zuma and Maharaj!!'

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-12-08 18:49

    Get well soon Tata. Lots of love and a big hug.

  • febion.chikuvadze - 2012-12-08 18:51

    get welson papa

  • mawewe.mashele - 2012-12-08 18:54

    Wishing a speedy recovery.

  • jonas.mbedzi - 2012-12-08 18:56

    I wish him well mr madiba

  • mawewe.mashele - 2012-12-08 18:59

    No need to panic, the medical team are monitoring the situation.

  • mawewe.mashele - 2012-12-08 19:00

    No need to panic, the medical team are monitoring the situation.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-12-08 19:01

    Please, sir, make it to the next year July, i suppose they are going to mint a coin dedicated to your 95th b-day... After that you are free to go.

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-12-08 19:02

    Most of the comments are wishing for a speedy recovery (nobody seems to believe the presidents office that the visit to hospital is just routine). Lets face facts : at his age he has not got much further to go. Better to wish him peace and comfort in his last days.

      sihle.kmd - 2012-12-08 19:12

      Grant u are not God to dertimine if one has long or short to go u are comenting on the life of the greatest statemen here neither his family wl like ua comment

      chule.qalase - 2012-12-08 19:17

      Sihle you aren't God also, there is nothing bad in wishing someone to have peace and happiness on his/her old age! I also wish that he never listens or hears anything bad done by the people that are in control of this country

      FloorWizPro - 2012-12-08 19:37

      I agree, he is old. If he recovers that is wonderful and I hope he does. But I will not begrudge him his rest.

  • nomaphelo.suku - 2012-12-08 19:09

    tata Rholihlahla Mandela get well tata, i love u

  • monwanas - 2012-12-08 19:16

    Modimo abe le wena TATA MADIBA ,tsohle di laolwa ke Morena,yena mong wa maphelo a rena.

  • Tuyez - 2012-12-08 19:16

    We love you Madiba. Get Tata of the nation. We will be with you our hero in our prayer. Long live Madiba Long live.

  • mmhlengi - 2012-12-08 19:17

    Get well soon president Mandela I love you

  • matodzine - 2012-12-08 19:19

    Zuma and ANC.....see what your doing? You see.....Zuma and ANC gravy trainees do this country a favour and let someone lead the country

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-08 19:22

    what a balance of thumbs up and thumbs downs when we start to comment obout this icon its realy shows how far we have moved from the past to the pressent

      antebellum.axiom - 2012-12-09 14:04

      @ DelusionBuster I have to strongly disagree. You once again prove the point that you have substituted religion for liberalism. It is strange how you can be so concise and objective when it comes to religion yet you are sheep like and unquestioning when it comes to political correctness. When you see Mandela you see a saintly figure that is beyond reproach. Whereas I see an above average man shrouded in a personality cult. He had no qualms about killing innocent people to achieve his polical goals and refused to renounce violence on numerous occasions(in exchange for his freedom). And you conveniently forget that he counted many of the worlds dictators and despots as his closest friends. Not once has he condemned these tyrants for their human rights abuses nor his fellow ANC members for sytematically destroying this country. Does this sound saintly/iconic to you? He had two options: 1) Exact "revenge" and alienate much of the world. 2) Embrace his cult status as a liberal god and the financial/political benefits that come with it. He chose number 2. What a shocker... I can respect the fact that he stood up for his people and was willing to go to jail and even die for his cause. This however does not nullify everything else. I definitely do not hate him, but I sure as hell don't see him as a saint or an icon for all.

  • helen.watermelon.16 - 2012-12-08 19:23

    hope he is well

  • denise.wilshire - 2012-12-08 19:26

    May God Bless the hands which care for you! Get well soon Tata Madiba.

      denise.wilshire - 2012-12-08 20:09

      Who ever you are, your thumbs down are what will eventually bring this country to it's knees. Spending so much time on hatred is like drinking poison and expecting your enemy to die. GROW UP AND DEVELOP YOUR BRAIN.

  • marnus.lamprecht - 2012-12-08 19:30

    My question is more about the logistics regarding this mans medical care. Why does he need to be flown to Pretoria for medical tests if a hospital named after him is very close to Qunu. The Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital is a tertiary hospital and suppose to be able to take full care of his needs. All this unnecessary spending could have been used to the upliftment of poor societies.

      sydney.manyibaneoamazibu - 2012-12-08 19:48

      Lamprecht u should be ashamed of urself,u cant hide ur hatred towards a man the world look at as an icon,racist u,evil u,get away sis!

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-08 19:52

      as if you do give a flying hoot about the upliftment of poor societies what have you done for those societies since 1994

      lazarus.masilela - 2012-12-08 19:59

      Good point Marnus.Our politicians don't have faith in their own facilities.But they expect ordinary pEople to use them.

      Sibusiso - 2012-12-08 19:59

      President Rolihlahla Mandela we love u.We don't wanna lose u.

      denise.wilshire - 2012-12-08 20:14

      This is not the forum to start questioning this elder statesman's medical care. It is distasteful and inappropriate. On the subject of poor societies, Jacob Zuma is the person to answer that question. He has pulled the wealth of this country through his rear end. The Mandela foundation has enough money to decide where Madiba should go to for medical attention. He is now a private citizen. There are facts regarding Nelson Mandela, which you are too young to know or appreciate. I WAS THERE! I KNOW!

      Paul Mabele - 2012-12-08 20:19

      Some people will never change.

      marnus.lamprecht - 2012-12-08 20:23

      sydney.manyibaneoamazibu please be wise and smart enough to show me where in my comment you identified hatred, racism and evil? Maybe you should start looking at the world differently and accept that everything a white person says is not based on racism and hatred, unlike you!

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-08 20:33

      @denise.wisher we will apreciate to have old people like during oure life time cause it seem as if we are going to be the lost generation soon

      marnus.lamprecht - 2012-12-08 20:36

      ernest.lwandle, firstly I don't need to justify my life to you or anybody else but to answer you I spend my days working in a government hospital trying to improve the health of the people suffering from hiv/tb etc and why do they suffer from these diseases? Because of the government you supports failure to acknowledge the problem and telling people to eat beetroot and rape innocent children and you will be cured... And if you still judge me I spend some of my holidays in the Eastern Cape helping out at the understaffed hospitals they run there.

      marnus.lamprecht - 2012-12-08 20:44

      denise.wilshire? I will waste a little more time to reply to you and tell you things you don't know about Nelson Mandela and his medical care, maybe you are to old to know...the medical care of a previous head of state is provided/funded by the SANDF. Why else do you think a Defence Force pane was used to transport his medicine? When my tax money is spent in a way the is not the most economical and the most appropriate in my eyes I have the fullest right to question that. The wasteful nature of the politicians in this country is the main cause that millions of people live in shacks and struggle through life.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-08 20:53

      eyes but nothing behind them ??/

      sibusiso.mkoko - 2012-12-09 08:47

      Its non of ur mother-ckufing business. Ur parents are frail and dying in that old-age home u left them in from decades of smoking. Go worry about their logistics. Ckufing white pig

      john.price.3726613 - 2012-12-09 22:20

      There is a point in this statement of yours, but it isn't your point. The point is this; ordinary folk have to put up with inferior hospitalisation, schooling, security etc, which politicians are happy to dish up, BUT NOT USE THEMSELVES. Whereas we want Madiba to have the best of care, we also want Joe Public to be equally cared for.

  • siphoza.zandela - 2012-12-08 19:30

    we all want you to get well soon Tata

  • langa.gatsheni - 2012-12-08 19:31

    All the best tata,we love u

  • Nyiko Eddy - 2012-12-08 19:36

    i wish him fast recover in his condition may god bless u madiba

      sandor.l.varga - 2012-12-08 20:21

      Miert Eddy? Oreg terrorista az utolsokat rugja. 11 ember lezuhant a Drakensbergben mivel gyogyszereket es vert kellett szalitaniuk a szar idoben...

  • teboho.martin.3 - 2012-12-08 19:41

    We wish utata, a good rutine medical check up. And well being and his family.

  • di.hingley - 2012-12-08 19:46

    Best wishes and a speedy recovery.