Mandela still in hospital - presidency

2012-12-14 17:41

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela was still receiving treatment in hospital by late Friday afternoon, the presidency said.

"The doctors attending to former president Nelson Mandela report that he has had a comfortable 24 hours and that he remains under treatment in hospital," said presidency spokesperson, Mac Maharaj.

He said doctors had not given any information about when he might be released.

Rainy weather has not discouraged news crews camping outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, in an attempt to get updates on Mandela's health.

Mandela is believed to be recuperating in the private institution, despite confirmation on Monday by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula that the statesman was at a military facility.

On Friday, journalists from local and international media parked their vehicles along Celliers street, overlooking the private hospital's main entrance.

Among the media there was the Eyewitness News (EWN) team which reported that: "The name of the hospital is known by Eyewitness News, but this is not being released to respect Madiba's dignity."

That report shifted attention from the 1 Military Hospital at the Thaba Tshwane Military Base where the media had been camping since last weekend.

Since Friday morning, the number of journalists kept increasing at Mediclinic as details of the reported new hospital filtered through.

At around midday on Friday, a convoy of three black vehicles with police lights and sirens entered the Mediclinic Heart Hospital.

Hospital security barred journalists from following the cars into the premises.

Moments later, the vehicles came out escorting a fourth one - a black military ambulance with yellow army number plates.

At that stage reporters at the scene were speculating that Madiba may have been discharged.

However, journalists stationed at the 1 Military Hospital across town reported that the convoy entered the state facility after leaving the private hospital.

EWN reported on Thursday that Mandela, 94, was not receiving treatment at the military facility as had been widely reported after Mapisa-Nqakula's interview.

Mapisa-Nqakula spoke to reporters outside 1 Military Hospital after seemingly visiting Mandela there.

At the time, she said: "He's doing very, very well and it is important to keep him in our prayers and also to be as calm as possible and not cause a state of panic, because I think that is not what all of us need."

The presidency said it had not been the government's intention to mislead the public or the media.

Maharaj said he had only stated Mandela had been admitted to a Pretoria hospital.

"It is not part of any strategy or tactic by government to mislead the public. We have never had that intention. We know to keep to the facts and we've been rigorous," he said in an interview on Talk Radio 702.

The Beeld newspaper reported that Mandela had been admitted under a pseudonym, which was known to the newspaper.

What appeared to be an emergency medical vehicle, with military number plates, was parked in the hospital manager's parking bay.

A number of men wearing electronic ear-pieces, and who were thought to be members of the VIP protection unit, had been seen moving around the hospital grounds and inside the building.

According to Beeld, Mapisa-Nqakula and senior SA National Defence Force officers had visited the hospital.

The newspaper reported that surgeon general Lieutenant General Veejay Ramlakan was there on Tuesday and Wednesday, and that Mandela's wife Graa Machel, President Jacob Zuma and former president Thabo Mbeki had also visited the hospital.

The Mediclinic Heart Hospital is next to Pretoria's Maupa Naga police station.

According to its website, the hospital takes pride in being "the first and still the only hospital of its kind - a private, specialised heart hospital in South Africa".

Mandela was flown to Pretoria from his home in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape.

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

Mandela's hospital stay is his longest continuous period in hospital since 2001, when he underwent seven weeks of radiotherapy after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was 83 at the time.

In January 2011, Mandela was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital for an acute respiratory infection. He had contracted tuberculosis while in prison.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-14 17:52

    Total rehash of what we have heard before. Fact is the media does not know for sure where Madiba is or how he's doing and the lying ANC and Mac the Mirage keep treating us like mushrooms.

      Kawasaki1985 - 2012-12-14 18:41

      Again we look like IDIOTS while the world press looks on. Please cANCer be transparent for once. Dr Mandela is a Heritage for us and an Icon for the world - While we must let him rest - allow us the dignity of knowing what is going on !!!!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-14 20:13

      This is fun 'n games time. It distracts people from the chandeliers, statues and flowers being laid on for yet another round of Mangling

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-12-15 01:04

      If South Africans are lied to like this about a subject like Mandela ...just imagine how many lies are told on a daily basis. The ANC hold all of the cards , transparency is a sham and the future has to look very very bleak for us all. It seems they are encouraging the build up of PRESSURE among the people. I really fear what will be the result when they finally tell us he is dead. I hope the police and military are well prepared.

      arie.vdplaats.3 - 2012-12-15 03:21

      After the lies told by Mac, can we ever believe him again.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-15 07:29

      Mac the Maggot....

  • boom.afridi.56 - 2012-12-14 18:08

    doesn't matter where he's being treated. what matters is him getting better.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-14 18:13

      So you think they will lie about where he is but tell the truth about how he is..?

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-14 18:25

      I agree Squeegee - I think it is worse than we are made to believe:-(

      ronald.stilianou - 2012-12-14 18:26

      Scary to wouldn't want a tragedy like this during the elective conference, .....or would you?

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-12-14 18:40

      squeegee what difference does it make? the man is not well, we know that. he is 94. as the leader of our nation, the masses are still going to pray for him at any time that he is in hospital regardless of how serious his condition may be. and i'm sure that they will let the world know the minute it becomes serious or the minute he gets discharged. right now i just hope he pulls through and don;t really much care about the politics behind this whole situation. there's more serious politics to deal with in SA than constant public updates on madhiba. we have the latest update let's stick with it.

      jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2012-12-14 18:40

      People only lie when they have something to hide...Its what the ANC does best, so this whole situation is just a repeat of anc policy.

  • jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2012-12-14 18:42

    Can we ask the australian dj's to phone a few hospitals and get us the correct info?

      gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-12-14 19:31

      Yes! And have another nurse commit suicide!

      arie.vdplaats.3 - 2012-12-15 03:27

      Very juvenile reaction this of yours,Jaco !!

      chico.novar - 2012-12-15 14:39

      Good one Jaco!

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-12-14 19:01

    Ey,psychos ruling our country what must we say or do? Nothing!!! We must just say yes it's fine. I wish all S. Africans can learn from all lies dis government is feeding us with. They don't even care about the nation.

      brian.exmachina - 2012-12-14 19:26

      Agree with you dude. Wish people would give somebody else a chance come 2014. It doesn't even matter who, anybody is better than the current bunch of liars, cheats and thieves.

  • lskosana3 - 2012-12-14 19:13

    Starting to think the worst now :(

      Nuzeel Moses - 2012-12-14 20:08

      Here a thought! what if he died in that plane crash ?

      beverly.young3 - 2012-12-14 23:57

      hmmmmm having read various papers, I am beginning to wonder if the old man is alive???

  • Marandi Msimango - 2012-12-14 19:38

    god Bless the old man

  • hgadd - 2012-12-14 19:55

    if I may ask if the ANC did so many things while in charge of the country why is it necessary that the former president is in a private hospital and not in a state hospital?

      odwa.botha - 2012-12-15 01:38

      Good question bra!!! Coz if ANC worked for this country he should be in a State hospital simply bcoz ANC worked for us to get professional help..coz Madiba needs profession now

  • keleym - 2012-12-15 01:14

    Has Mr Mandela really passed on?

  • arie.vdplaats.3 - 2012-12-15 03:19

    Wait until after Mangaung for the correct detail about Mandela. It might just transpire that he actually died this week but this fact will be kept quiet until after Mangaung.

  • bones.ratel - 2012-12-15 04:21

    I don't understand why everyone thinks they have a right to know about Mandela's whereabouts and health status. Government is doing what they are supposed to do to protect his privacy just imagine the chaos if everyone knew exactly where he is, has anyone ever considered that Mandela perhaps does not want his ailments known to the world. And as for you who think he can live forever and hoping for him to live longer, Be realistic the man is 94, you may reach that age one day and it is quite possible by that time you will just be tired of it all so perhaps you should all consider what Mandela himself may want and perhaps someone should ask if he even wants any reporting on his life

  • jhn.otto - 2012-12-15 04:31

    Let the man be, after all guys, he is 94, and he's bound to get sick. Just remember, we do not live forever. Stop being so narrow minded, and trying to hide behind the truth.

  • werner.nel.712 - 2012-12-15 07:12

    Liars, he has passed already and you cannot afford that before Mangaung....

  • sarah.mbiri - 2012-12-15 08:24

    wishing Mr NELSON MANDELA a quick recovery....

  • bongani.mtsweni.35 - 2012-12-15 08:49

    can you please give the Mandela family a space,what you are doing is unAfrican infact to us as African it is an insult that you camp by sick bed so that you will be the first to publish my death. Its only witches who do that.

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