Mandela makes rare TV appearance

2012-05-30 16:34

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela, making his first appearance on television since October last year, was shown on Wednesday receiving a flame marking the centenary of his ruling ANC party.

The SABC released images of a delegation led by the party's national chairperson, Baleka Mbete, visiting the icon's Qunu home with a barrel-sized replica of the torch lit during the party's 100th anniversary celebrations earlier this year.

The 93-year-old sitting upright in a chair, surrounded by grandchildren and his wife, spoke briefly, saying: "I used to be the leader of the ANC" and that he was "happy" to see the flame.
Mbete joked that she wasn't sure what was warming her more, being near Mandela or being near the lit torch. She added that he should enjoy his retirement, but "we want you to know that we miss you all the time".

The last time he was on television was in October last year when he was filmed at his Johannesburg home filling out a census form.

Mandela, who makes few public appearances, arrived in Qunu on Tuesday from his Houghton home.

Next month is his 94th birthday, and he often celebrates birthdays in the village where he grew up.

In February, Mandela was hospitalised in Johannesburg for a test to determine the cause of an undisclosed stomach ailment.

He spent time in hospital a little over a year ago for treatment of a respiratory ailment.

  • djmain1 - 2012-05-30 16:42

    Poor man must be embarassed at what has become of the ANC he left behind. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!

      Hugh - 2012-05-30 16:51

      If only that was true. Mandela puts the party before the people. If he was so disgusted he would refuse the flame and say why.

      elewies - 2012-05-30 16:57

      I really do miss him

      eradingoana - 2012-05-30 17:11

      He can see that the movement has lost direction and is too late for him to assist because leadership are concentrating on greed.

      mundu.olewega - 2012-05-30 17:59

      Maybe he can use the flame to light a fire under Zuma's ass?

      farmfreund - 2012-05-30 21:25

      No Zulu he speared your lives, you have no idee how powerfull the old government army was, you can thank him for saving your a$$ mate.

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-30 16:42

    Viva, long live Mandela, long live

      Bennie - 2012-05-30 17:22

      The Anc is a party for little boys and inkwenkwes , and a bunch of sissy's, scared and not competent to tackle real man issues !!!

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-05-30 16:43

    If some people like Madiba so much why did they jail him for so long..

      Hugh - 2012-05-30 16:50

      Because he was a criminal who plotted to kill the innocent. Know your history. He did his time so no one of right mind holds a grudge.

      elewies - 2012-05-30 16:58

      Because of propaganda spewed by the Apartheid regime

      Marion - 2012-05-30 16:59

      @Poloyatonki - He went on trial for treason the year I was born. I was 8 years old when he was sent to Robben Island. The NP made sure that everyone in SA believed that he was the devil incarnate. When I eventually got to see him for the first time (along with millions of other people) I got to see a very different person to the one the NP had brainwashed us with. You think people of colour were the only victims of Apartheid? Think again.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-30 17:07

      Trollyonki, the difference is change. He changed, we changed, you didn't.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 17:09

      Polo this is the same man that gave so much in codesa to the detriment of the majority. I don't know why he is so revered in all scieties even those that lost materially.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 17:17

      @Luviwe - No doubt because he came out of prison talking peace and not civil war when he had it in his power to go for the latter.

      Gilbert Madondo - 2012-05-30 17:21

      These people are just hypocrites,the Mandela who went into prison is the same who came out,he never changed,he never apologized and he will never apologize. Mandela is ANC to the bone,you may hate Zuma but be assured Mandela loves Zuma more than you,and Mandela will defend Zuma and the ANC before he worries about a bunch of ungrateful,bitter racists who wants to use him.

      Tax - 2012-05-30 17:23

      @marion he was clever enough to know that the ANC would have lost had he chosen war.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 17:27

      Marion I agree with that because no one want war I assume. But there were more important issues like the economic emancipation of the majority that he never adressed. Remember it was under his presidency when OBE was introduced. Hence we see a generation that is so disempowered.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 17:37

      @Luviwe - No one wants civil war because everyone loses. Insofar as his presidency goes I have heard it said that Thabo Mbeki actually ran the country and that Madiba was basically just a figurehead. Don't know how true that is. Insofar as OBE goes, agree with you that it was a total disaster. They should have implemented the old 'white' education system throughout the country. It may have meant sacrificing those who were already in the system (sacrificing the few for the good of the many?) but if they started at Grade 1 with the better education system all the kids today would be well educated. Gonna run now 'cos my hubby is chomping to get at the pc. Been nice chatting to you.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 17:45

      Thanks Marion, another thing that people might forget is that this is the same man that was in charge when the arms deal was decided. This argument that Thabo ran the show I don't know. At the end of the day he was the CEO of SA Inc, so the buck stops with him at that moment.

      theo.greeff.5 - 2012-05-30 18:17

      @ Luviwe & Marion: Mandela was / is a reconcilliatory figure. He achieved the seemingly impossible - He placated an immeasurable amount of anger (on both sides of the fence) by acting with true humility and squashing the fear so many people had. He was the proverbial figurehead, with the grunt work being done by the rest of the leadership. His administration, however, didn't do all that well - and I honestly don't think the blame can be placed at any one person's feet. To a large extent I think one of the biggest mistakes they (the government at the time) made, was to try to change too many "functional" systems (such as education) based on idealogical premise. Whilst it is perfectly understandable that they wanted to distance themselves as much as possible from the previous regime, I believe an unhealthy measure of practicality was lost in the process. I don't underestimate the enormity of the task, though - Suddenly the infrastructure that was designed for 10mil users (at most) had to cater for 40mil plus, and in that sense they did phenominal work in getting at least the most basic of the basics (such as basic healthcare) available to the masses. Unfortunately, though, in the end a large amount of decisions about practical implementation were made on an idealogical basis. Basically - I don't think it's fair to blame Madiba for inefficiencies in his administration, since his funtion was not to be an administrator, but a figure of reconcilliation.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 18:40

      Theo I am trying to understand the enormous work that was and is still at hand even today as we are expiriencing a huge backlog in infrastructure even today. My point is that there was no imminent war anyway, people were exited about voting. In any changing environment there will always be suspicions from both sides. Doing away with what was proven to be working was a big mistake and the african child was the most victims in the process. They cut budgets on infrastracture to such an extent that they was no investment at all in that front instead they locked up funds on arms deal. Now as a CEO the buck stop with him I mantain.

      Jaydeeoh - 2012-05-30 20:03

      Thats a stupid comment he was jailed by idiots ages ago his incarceration has nothing to do with todays generation.

  • matthew.swanepoel.9 - 2012-05-30 16:44

    Ah Mr Madiba - South Africa's treasure. I suppose living his last years in Qunu would be better than Houghton?

      Rissa Ebony Park - 2012-05-30 19:01

      Mandela is man of God and wish the best.hope all the president learn from him.this is one of the without issue and cant remember been in court like earn respect not ask for it. well done tata

  • eil33nn - 2012-05-30 16:48

    "we want you to know that we miss you all the time" Now there is a statement i can relate to. Miss you very much Madiba!

  • Malungisa - 2012-05-30 17:07

    Ithink he is watching Zuma when(Zuma) destroying ANC people vote for Zuma oh shame they didn't think they vote for him to marry a lot of womans if not why he didn't marry the time he was not a President

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-30 18:38

      Malungisa lungisa inqondo yakho!!

  • Marion - 2012-05-30 17:08

    This tells me that perhaps he is losing his faculties. "The 93-year-old sitting upright in a chair, surrounded by grandchildren and his wife, spoke briefly, saying: "I used to be the leader of the ANC" and that he was "happy" to see the flame." Sad.

      Anita - 2012-05-30 22:24

      He looks like a statue. Something wrong no matter what they say.

  • Oom - 2012-05-30 17:08

    If only we could have the wisdom of Mr Mandela now... we all love and respect him.. A true statesman and a gentleman..

  • Gilbert Madondo - 2012-05-30 17:09

    @Hugh,I can see you are dumb,let me ask you this,did Mandela apologize for plotting to kill innocent people after serving for so long? You must also know your history boy.

  • Harold - 2012-05-30 17:14

    The ANC is the governing party in democratic South Africa. Dictators rule a country.Or does the ANC rule over South Africa because no one may differ with the rulers of South Africa.

  • sazi.radebe - 2012-05-30 17:35

    I really don't wanna imagine the day he leaves us. I have huge respect for this man. He deserves 27 bottles of Bells!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-30 17:35

    Mandela.Its good news that he is spending his last days at Qunu.Although he is not my favourite leader the old man has done a lot for this country.He is a man of peace.He once said \ I am not a saint unless you think of a saint as a person who keeps on trying\

  • elize.vankerckhoven - 2012-05-30 17:37

    Bless him, what a wonderful man!!

  • ntjeke.wilfred - 2012-05-30 17:48

    I used 2 b a leader of ANC...\r\nI think some1 told him 2 say that, those words is unlike him. but good 2 see him afta a long time :)

  • Bibi - 2012-05-30 17:53

    Difficult to associate the likes of Mandela and Mbeki with the current leadership of the ANC

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 18:01

      At least they have got honour and dignity.

      tumelo.eliotmatsoso - 2012-05-30 18:13

      I agree whith you

  • mkgatla3 - 2012-05-30 18:32

    Viva u tata Mandela

  • bondawhite.billy - 2012-05-30 18:35

    i love u forever TATA u are just inpiration to me and i pray that u may live longer viva mandela viva

  • r.mashigo - 2012-05-30 18:43

    i see this as a brainwash tactic to make people remember the old ANC and forget about how bad things are these days within the party...did he go there on his own accord or...........hmmm. Good to see the old man again.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-05-31 05:08

      You are a paranoid freak. Lol

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-05-30 18:55

    viva Mandela viva long live TaTa long live kwaze kwamnandi ukubona emva kwexesha elide i wish you all the best and God bles u

  • mzondistanley - 2012-05-30 19:23

    The Struggle for freedom and Land had no Salary but sacrifice from living Icons like Mandela!!! If we follow his example there would be nothing like THe Goodman Gallery Saga!! which serves more in dividing the Nation than it Unifies. Stay Well Dada Mandela and God Bless you!!

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-30 19:28

    Ningakhe nimyeke nje utata xana ningenanto ingcono eninokuythetha ngaye ke, yinton?

  • Pieter - 2012-05-30 22:00

    The legend... The last true leader of this country, the last man who stand for the rights of ALL the people living in this country,viva madiba viva.....

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-05-30 22:27

    For the sake of our generation mr juju must serve his 27years by the time he get out we will be long forgotten of his bads but a hero and make him a president, he won't have power to toyitoyi anymore, he will be also talking peace

  • Keith - 2012-05-30 22:56

    Viva Long Live the great Mandela hero of all people and a true leader of the nation not a disgrace leader.We shall always respect and hounor you Madiba.

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  • Wandile - 2012-05-31 16:22

    can we all be +ve once, after reading some comments about this article, shame u can see some people rejoice the life of madiba, i'm one of the most that rejoice. people no one is pure as Jesus, but Mr Mandela played a vital role to unite this country, the world, this man is extra ordinary, this man is the living legend. Who taught the world peace, love and integrity. this is the man who propose for reconciliation when Chris Hani was assasinated, this is the man who gave people second chance and rule out death penalty. This is the man who make South africa participate in internationals sports body, This is the man who sacrifice most of his life for the country. I'm so dissapointed to hear people talking negatives about him, yes as a human being he might have his past, but compare to what he did for our country, to me it is unfair. this is the man who pray everyday on how to not use power to get things done proprly, this is the man who donate half of his salary to a needy children, this is the man who take initiatives in dealing wt HIV and Aids, cummon people, luv this man, feel this man, respect this man, he did everything to make sure this country does not fight amongst races. i forbid those who say negative about him. We are the last country in africa to enjoy democracy, but we are the first to host international tournament, what's wrong with you people? This is the man who work with whites in his office during his office term, why hate him, what else can man do 2 b d best

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