Mandela 'steadily improving'

2012-12-20 19:50

Mangaung - During his closing address on Thursday evening, President Jacob Zuma has informed the ANC conference in Mangaung that Nelson Mandela's health condition was "serious" but that he was "responding well to treatment" after suffering a lung infection and undergoing surgery for gall stones.

Zuma says Mandela has steadily improved in the last few days.

"I have been informed that at his age doctors need to intervene in gradual and sensitive ways to maximise his chances of a full recovery.

"The medical team has our full confidence and he is receiving the best care possible," Zuma said.

He said people needed to be mindful that Madiba was at an age where medical challenges require "extraordinary care".

Zuma said the medical team consisted of the "best specialists in the country", and that Mandela was an "unparalleled fighter and always been so".

He has met all his health challenges with "tremendous fortitude and grace", Zuma said.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-20 20:05

    Mmmm... His lips are moving again...

  • makenawn - 2012-12-20 20:14

    " condition was "serious" but that he was "responding well to treatment..." so it is no longer normal routine

      yolani.vdw - 2012-12-20 20:28

      by the time he can go home he will be a new man - new organs, face lift etc

      charity.maniana - 2012-12-20 20:43

      Kikikiki,Yolani that was so funny.facelift!l can just imagine

  • nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-20 20:29

    *after suffering a lung infection* does one suffer a lung infection?....who on earth writes his speeches...if indeed he was diagnosed with a lung infection is it too complicated to say in plain english that he has a lung infection?...but nooo they have to put it to us in a way that sounds them....

      hugh.robinson.56 - 2012-12-21 06:54

      Yep and I bet that if the old chap died they would heve kept it a secret until after the Bloemfontien conference. By the way who else is annoyed over the unauthorised name change for Bloemfontein? I see posters in the Post office advertising "Mananzi". Is this conditioning for the new name for SA?

  • nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-20 20:54

    He must be doing *very very well*....

  • vicky.vangemert - 2012-12-20 21:38

    So what, Mandela is going to be the healthiest person ever to die of old age? The poor old man has had a hard life, he is lucky to have reached this age, shouldn't he be kept comfortable and be allowed to fade into the sunset without all this media attention and people talking as if he is going to be kept alive forever?

  • Ntsoaki Shongwe - 2012-12-20 21:47

    we u Tata get well soon South Africa misses you

  • Fishlus - 2012-12-20 22:16

    no big surprise here - all ANC members are at conference and anyone will get better if they are not visited by the toxic trolls who govern

  • Joe - 2012-12-21 00:12

    ... more lies! Check out the change in speech from "doing very well" the whole of last week to "Seroius" as the conference comes to an end! I wonder if Madiba is on life support machines?

  • dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2012-12-21 01:15

    The doctors is treating Mandela's corpse. I must agree it is indeed very difficult and serious. When are you going to put him in the ground?

  • Khomotso - 2012-12-21 07:31

    show us a pic or something.

  • mzondistanley - 2012-12-21 10:23

    We need the Spirit and culture of Madiba's LUCK11 AS a NATION!!

  • joy.termorshuizen - 2012-12-21 11:26

    This is all very strange. This morning on the news it was reported that his condition is " very serious". Is this not peculiar that the minute the ANC conference is over Mandela's condition goes from " making progress" to " very serious" They have simply been lying to us all along. The question is WHY? Mandela is not coming out of hospital.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-21 11:40

    He can go home next week, Mangaung is over.

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