Mandela in satisfactory condition - presidency

2012-02-25 18:02

Johannesburg -  Former president Nelson Mandela was "not in any danger" and was in a "satisfactory condition" in hospital, the presidency said on Saturday afternoon after he was admitted to hospital.

He was expected to be discharged on Sunday or Monday.

"President Jacob Zuma wishes to advise that former president Nelson Mandela is in a satisfactory condition in hospital and is comfortable," Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"Madiba is fine and fully conscious and the doctors are satisfied with his condition, which they say is consistent with his age. He was in good health before admission in hospital, but doctors felt the complaint needed a thorough investigation.

"He underwent a diagnostic procedure as part of his ongoing medical management.

"We are happy that he is not in any danger and thank the doctors for their hard work and professionalism. He is receiving good medical care and is expected to be discharged from hospital either tomorrow [Sunday] or Monday," said the presidency.

Mandela was admitted to hospital on Saturday morning for a "long-standing abdominal complaint", Maharaj said.

"We reiterate the request for the privacy of Madiba and his family to be respected."

The name of the hospital was not disclosed.

On Saturday the ruling party urged the media to refrain from speculating on the health of Mandela.

"His [Mandela's] admittance was pre-arranged. Mandela was complaining about abdominal pain - now it is a matter that his doctors and specialists will decide on," African National Congress spokesperson Keith Khoza said.

  • Tshepo - 2012-02-25 18:13

    The man survived 27yrs in jail, I'm sure he can get through a stomach ache....Long Live Madiba!!

      Irene - 2012-02-25 21:05

      If he had renounced violence he wouldn't have had to say in jail for 27 years, but then he wouldn't be the 'saint' he is now would he?

  • Andile Oscar Mtshiselwa - 2012-02-25 18:34

    Our Best Wishes to the Old Man.

  • Melanie Purge - 2012-02-25 18:38

    doctors: pls check for any ulcers and appendix....i love utata!

  • Swapie - 2012-02-25 18:39

    Wishing him well. We as a nation must accept the fact that he is an old man and time is ticking away for him. We can only hope that he does not suffer unnecessary and that he will go peacefully when his time is there.But I so hope he sees 100 years!

  • Vegi - 2012-02-25 18:54

    News24 must be gagged from publishing news on the health of our leaders. They must get written permission from the family, the ANC and the government before they write about the well being and whereabouts of our leaders, especially Mr Mandela.

      inwardk - 2012-02-25 19:03

      Oh please! What are you on about. A public figure's life is not private - not supposed to be. This is a choice made by someone who enters public life. Gagging the press is never an option.

      wbswanepoel - 2012-02-25 19:44

      So how did you find out he was ill....the NEWS, because it is news and he is/was our leader - speaking for all South Africans. I wonder what he thinks of the South Africa he fought for - sad day in Africa when he dies, now he is/was a man (as our President back then) who gave people hope without turning into an arrogant, self serving bafoon - men like him don't come round often.. mwah....0x0x0x0 long live Madiba and his legacy..and God help us all....

      John - 2012-02-25 19:55

      Vegi, there are things called protocol. Presidency doesn't have the "correct manual(protocol)" to execute events as such. Everyone in ANC can comment the work of other department(s) and when news as such must be communcated with media (becouse via media to you and me) they just dont know what to do. Presidency have a masive communication department that can't deliver. They don't even have the right wording addressing nation. About those writen permision...Vegi, we are not at security gates at your complex.

      Irene - 2012-02-25 21:06

      Vegi, you're one sick puppy.

  • inwardk - 2012-02-25 19:01

    On CNN it says he had a hernia operation.

      John - 2012-02-25 20:01

      Eish... The suppa commando missed that man with the camaraaa at the gate. He will show him karate next time.... That is not even funny...getting local news first from CNN.

  • tracy.h.ferreira - 2012-02-25 19:01

    CNN is reporting that he had a hernia operation....

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-02-25 19:08

    He is a wounderful old gentleman, irrespective of the fact that he was a criminal. He has done so much for RSA and has become an icon world wide.

      Tony - 2012-02-25 19:26

      Please be more sensitive when speaking or making any negative references regarding Tata Madiba. You really don't have a clue of the contributions that he has made to sustain peace in South Africa and Africa as a whole.

  • Bruce - 2012-02-25 19:31

    when it comes to the all know the tune.....why the hell cant we believe them. but i hope all is really well. the day Madiba dies will be a sad turn of events for all in South Africa.

  • Mtizozo - 2012-02-25 19:37

    Well done to the ANC by keep all in private until the correct infomation is given ti the media. We do note have the correct sourse of info as a public since our media report wrong info all the time.

  • Vegi - 2012-02-25 19:43

    Mandela's name appears in the books of all countries and his name is pronounced with admiration. The names of his enemies are remembered with revulsion. It is good that good people are preserved while the evil ones are quickly destroyed. The enemy, John Vorster perished a long time ago and left our icon in prison to attain freedom for himself and his people later. Also Ian Smith, the enemy of our Zimbabwean hero perished a few years ago and left the honourable and heroic Mugabe to finalize the liberation of the Zimbabwean people. This shows that evil will never prevail over good.

      wbswanepoel - 2012-02-25 19:58

      "left the honourable and heroic Mugabe to finalize the liberation of the Zimbabwean people. This shows that evil will never prevail over good" ARE YOU ON CRACK???? Why are all his people dying, starving, running away, hate him, want to kill him..... because he is just like Hitler, a brainwasher of the people who he has under his control who stay there out of fear and as they say "absolute power corrupts absolutely" Zimbabwe has gone to hell, that's why SA have to help them all the time, are you educated, seems not..... ps, I'm a Zimbabwean..... You sure this isn't Malema talking here Vegi?????????????????

      Irene - 2012-02-25 21:08

      Vegi is becoming more deranged by the day. It's probably best to ignore the little turd.

      inwardk - 2012-02-26 10:37

      It is extremely disrespectful towards Madiba to mention him as an African hero together with Mugabe. They are not in the same league at all.

  • Andile Oscar Mtshiselwa - 2012-02-25 20:12

    Our Best Wishes to the Old Man.

  • Sunette - 2012-02-25 20:46

    Take a long hard look at the man you so worship! He is nothing but a glorified terrorist!!!

      Adam - 2012-02-26 05:22

      Thanks for the link, good reading.

      Mesulie Vince' Ntombela - 2012-02-26 05:45

      You bloody should be ashamed of yourselves and FU** can all go and suck your 'grandma's dicks' sons of a motherless goats nxx...You make me sick.

  • ashleen.bredeveldt - 2012-02-25 21:17

    Sariena, Sunette and Vegi, REALLY??? Your comments astound me!

  • Tony - 2012-02-26 09:47

    With the negative comments of this blog and the support they receive it is obvious that the majority of whites continue to hate blacks and the things which we love and cherish. This is most unfortunate. The majority of the Whites will generally smile and laugh with you in the office and the streets - but, once they reach their cozy homes and computers they will start spewing trash at us as a form of negative catharsis. How do you expect us to respect you when you are always considering us as subjects and not equals. You expose racist your tendencies in so many ways that it becomes embarrassing. As Africans we should just boycott this blog which are littered with bloggers spewing their racist comments with the hope that Africans will day voluntary succumb to their rule as subjects of old. I have no doubt that the "downs" on my blog will far outweigh the "ups" because this is the sight which is littered with white racist who spew their racist garbage with every opportunity that they get. It is quite easy to feed the fires of war but it is a total different story of restoring the freedom that we are currently enjoying albeit in a manner which do not agree with. The areas where we (as South Africans) should accept as no-go areas and one of these is insulting icons like uTata Nelson Mandela. I would go so far and say that we should also not insult the heroes of the Afrikaners even if we don't like them.

      inwardk - 2012-02-26 10:54

      The majority of whites? You mean the 5 or so people who commented on this forum? That's the majority of whites? And on this you base your sweeping racist comments spewing hatred towards whites? Nice one, Tony. Look in the mirror if you want to see a racist.

      Adam - 2012-02-27 04:23

      Hi Tony, you got a thumbs up from me, a white south african, because I respect your point of view. It is however my right to either see Mandela as a hero or a murderer. Not all blacks love him and not all whites hate him. He is greatly loved and admired by most whites. Please respect our (yours and mine) right to our own opinions, as well as our right to express them.

  • Sariena - 2012-02-26 19:56

    Hope today was the last day of reading about Mandella.He is not that special.He is like any other animal.

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