Mandela making progress - presidency

2012-12-12 14:30

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela has made progress during his past 24-hours in hospital, the presidency said on Wednesday.

"Doctors attending to former president Mandela have reported that he has made progress and are satisfied with the way he is responding to treatment," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

Mandela, 94, was flown from his home in Qunu, Eastern Cape, on Saturday and hospitalised at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria.

The presidency said he was suffering from the recurrence of a previous lung infection and was responding to treatment.

"We continue to request that Mandela and his family be accorded the necessary space and privacy and thank the media and the public for co-operation," Maharaj said.

  • andremandela.julias - 2012-12-12 14:40

    The true value of a leader is measured by the legacy he leaves behind......oops. Not such a great leader after all?

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-12-12 14:53

    Great news. May you be well Madiba, your presence, brings hope and may your lessons, teach us the best all the times. God bless Madiba.

  • freddy.masia.52 - 2012-12-12 14:58

    Get well Tata Mandela, wishing u a very speedy recovery, every 1 luvs u. GOD BLESS U 4 US

      mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-12-12 16:34

      Nice one Freddy You are one of the good guys.

  • wreford.white.9 - 2012-12-12 15:06

    I would not believe Mac "spin doctor" Maharaj if he told me today is Wednesday.

  • Cthembi Cibiya - 2012-12-12 15:06

    i want Tata to get back but i think he is nw too old his body can't take all this any more

  • mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-12-12 15:12

    Why are there so many thumbs down for people who make a comment wishing Madiba well? What sort of people follow this site? We will be able to tell from the responses I get for my comment.

      patrick.mampane - 2012-12-12 15:19

      Welcome, you will enjoy your stay here. Madiba may be old and may not have long to live, but it's rather impolite for people to blatantly react gleefully to his precarious state.

      jacque.raymer - 2012-12-12 15:21

      I guess ANC and Mandela is not as popular with the educated masses that can read/write and click on thumbs down.

      andremandela.julias - 2012-12-12 15:23

      The perception amongst the people of SA is that Mandela is in agreement with what the ANC stands for today, borne out of his support for Zuma at the last conference and his absolute silence on recent unpunished atrocities committed by senior ANC figures and total breakdown of service delivery etc, etc, etc, etc, etc.

      mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-12-12 15:27

      OK in five minutes I got 9 thumbs down and one thumbs up. That tells me that this site is for people who are racist and to the far right of the political spectrum. Heavens guys even the average whitey loves Madiba for the reconcilliation he brought to this country but not you guys. I am saddened by the amount of hatred and anger that is out there.

      mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-12-12 15:35

      I got 10 thumbs down and two approvals. That obviously means that this is an extreme right wing site. Heavens guys even the average honkie likes Madiba but sadly not you guys.

      grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-12-12 16:15

      Mike at this age and medical history I doubt if he will live much longer(some say he may have passes on already).

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-12-12 16:19

      mike.stafford.7509 - I bet you are English.This is why i love English people because they are so level headed. Don't bother yourself about the nut jobs on the site,most of them are grumpy Afrikaners.It is little wonder they are not even liked by their own relatives in Holland. That being said not all of them are like that there are a few maybe 5% who are decent. You can take the racist out of a racist state but you can't take the racism out of his state of mind.It is embedded in his genes and controls his thoughts, emotions and actions.It is in most cases a life long disease that unfortunately also renders the suffer unintelligent.

      grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-12-12 16:22

      Mike, has it not occured to you that people might just have different opinions to yourself? I am not a fan of his for various reasons starting with his plot to blow up the government of the day.

      mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-12-12 16:32

      10 thumbs up and 23 down. The average person on this site doesn't like my moderate views and is stuck in a racist time warp. To the folks that supported me, I can only suggest that we find another site to comment on and leave this one to the Neanderthals.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-12-12 16:46

      grant.montgomery.5074 - So what were you expecting him to do??? Go to the Apartheid Government leaders with flowers , chocolate and kiss their bums.You are a shameless idiot who is stupid enough to refer to the demonic system such as Apartheid as Government of the day. Maybe it is time we force guys like you out of your home ,issue you a dom pass and exile you to one of the nearest townships.Let us see how happy you will be then.Cowards like you come on news24 and provoke people but in the real world you are too scared to talk because you know you will get that big mouth of yours shut for you.You piece of ....

      mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-12-12 16:50

      Grant it certainly has occurred to me that people have different views to myself. At this stage it is 10 for and 25 against so I am heavily outnumbered ON THIS SITE. I would imagine that there are other sites that might give you different results like for instance the whole country where you might find that you are outnumbered. However I suppose you are comfortable on this site with likeminded people to yourself.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-12-12 16:51

      mike.stafford.7509 - I am launching a new South African forum in the new year where people can discus real time topics that concern SA.I won't allow this nuts jobs to thrive on that site.The Moderators on News24 are pro racists hence why they allow this racist comments to remain here and delete anti racist comments. Welcome to South Africa bro ,the land where being racist is seen as being progressive.Talk about a nation of self obsessed weirdos.

      mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-12-12 17:13

      I am with you Omonaija. Let me know when you are going to launch the new site. Look for me on Facebook

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-12 17:23

      Omonaija - With regards to your new forum, I'm assuming that anyone who has a different view point to yourself would be considered a nut job and banned from your forum. No wonder you like the anc and their approach to freedom of expression. Please don't send me any invites.

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-12-13 06:25

      Mike, Mandela was a terrorist and will die one. He has never spoken out against the genocide committed against whites in SA and the corruption of the ANC. After his release he was chanting a song about "killing the whites" with his right fist clenched! View it in U-tube.

  • andremandela.julias - 2012-12-12 15:13

    cANCer is not curable at his age. Why so quiet on all the shame his beloved party has brought on SA?

  • sibongiseni.goqwana - 2012-12-12 15:17

    wishing u a speedy recovery tata madiba.

      mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-12-12 17:21

      This is unreal. Sibongiseni wishes Madiba a speedy recovery and she gets 9 thumbs up and 17 down. All she is doing is wishing someone a speedy recovery. Who are these sick people?

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-12-12 22:34

      Mike that's exactly what they are sick, mentally sick !

  • Khomotso - 2012-12-12 15:33

    I like the guy but do they have to give us every single update

  • tinyiko.mkansi.3 - 2012-12-12 15:38

    Tata madiba we wish you good health, you are left with some few years to reach 100 years, i pray to God that more years will be added in your life.

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-12-12 15:56

    During he last election Mandela was brought into an ANC rally and voiced his support for them. This was after he had previously vowed to retire from party politics. He is therefore partly to blame for the ANC's massive win. I posted at the time that I had lost all respect for him and I doubt that he will ever be able to redeem himself in the short time left to him.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-12-12 16:40

      grant.montgomery.5074 - It is because of him you are still here in this country able to raise your kids and live your life as you please.He is not perfect and has made his share of mistakes just like any other human beingbut he way better than all the Apartheid leaders put together. What i find rich is that you who supported a system that ripped off an entire people for several decades now have the audacity to citicize Madiba.Talk about the devil calling a well respected freedom fighter evil.Mandela owes you nothing,he fought hard to win freedom for his people and led them gracefully.What ever you feel of him is irrelevant.The kind and forgiving heart he has you can never have because you were not raised to be kind. He is known worldwide for championing the spirit of reconciliation ,what are you known for? What have you done to progress the spirit of reconciliation.Sometime when i read comment like yours ,i wish he had done the opposite and chased you all out.It is very sad and hurtful to hear people like you who were forgiven for your evil deeds now turn around ,poke fun as well as insult the same man who asked us to forgive you ,spare your life,spare your family and investments.

      mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-12-12 17:00

      Well said Omonaija. If we look at the thumbs up and down, however, we can see that, on this site, we are vastly outnumbered. However, like you said before, we musn't put people in boxes. There are good guys of all races shapes and sizes.

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-12 17:26

      You guys should get a flat together. Very cute.

      mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-12-12 17:32

      Kalabafazi you probably don't like me but I enjoyed your sense of humour.

      Khetha Hlophe - 2012-12-15 09:27

      To some He is still a torrorist however that prevented revenge towards them Yet are not greatful

  • Stoan Mpho - 2012-12-12 16:33

    Madiba i pray for you to get well soon. we love you Tata

  • salmon.swartz.1 - 2012-12-12 16:36

    Oupa my wish is you get well love you grandpa.

  • kat.summer69 - 2012-12-12 17:03

    You will be home for Christmas! Get well soon xx

  • Kgaugelo Divine Sekgobela - 2012-12-12 17:07

    God bles u tata madiba...nd hlp u 2 c mny mre yrz 2 cum

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-12-12 18:00

    The finest 'statesman' the world has ever seen and still we get derogatory comments all the time. Wonder where 'us whities' would be if it wasn't for 'Madiba'. Get well soon Mr MANDELA....

  • di.hingley - 2012-12-12 22:04

    Great news!!!!

  • Nthabiseng Nthabi - 2012-12-13 02:13

    get well soon tata...nd all these ungrateful whites..Juju is coming 4 u,apartheid is coming back nd this time is the other way round...

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