Mandela to spend Christmas in hospital

2012-12-24 14:07

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela looks set to spend Christmas Eve in hospital as the presidency said no new updates were available on his condition on Monday morning.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said a previous statement about Mandela's health that was issued on the weekend still stood.

The report said that Mandela continued to respond to treatment as his stay in a Pretoria hospital extended into its third week.

Mandela, 94, was originally flown to a hospital in Pretoria from his Eastern Cape home at Qunu on 8 December. He was diagnosed with a lung infection and also underwent gallstone surgery.

His current stay in hospital is his longest since he was freed over two decades ago.

Mandela has a history of lung problems having suffered from tuberculosis towards the end of the 27-years he spent in prison.

On Saturday, President Jacob Zuma asked South Africans to pray for the global icon after paying him a visit.

"We urge South Africans to continue praying for our beloved Madiba during this period. Our hearts are with the whole family and relatives."

  • bosepa.bjampja - 2012-12-24 14:14

    Is he still alive???,but the truth shall come out one day.

  • ec.van.niekerk - 2012-12-24 14:16

    Just a question ... Has anyone seen his family visiting him in hospital? The media should have taken pictures of the family visiting ... Just wondering?

      kasiboy55 - 2012-12-24 14:19

      They built them a 'compound' on the hospital's land.

      nanivintage.ngoasheng - 2012-12-24 14:25

      Thats a Good question dude!

      eugene.muller.7 - 2012-12-24 14:39

      Zuma said he went to go visit him on we believe him? Nope...

  • danzo.makgita - 2012-12-24 14:18

    Thats hectic......hope he gets well b4 new years day

  • kasiboy55 - 2012-12-24 14:18

    Should we really panic that a 94-year-old man is in hospital? I don't think so. The best thing we can do right now is pray for this icon for he has done his part on this earth.

  • zamani.myende - 2012-12-24 14:41

    Nelson Mandela, George W Bush, Margaret Thetcher to spend Christmas in hospital. We pray for speed recovery bo former presidents. Merry Christmas.

      david.g.fosse - 2012-12-24 17:35

      Thank goodness Mrs Thatcher wasnt a presidint.

  • Bob - 2012-12-24 15:05

    Is it really necessary to have daily updates on this? Just let the guy be.

      Stockton.John - 2012-12-24 15:22

      Bob.. To me Yes... I am an expat and this is the only news I receive.... To you perhaps he never meant much, to me it was a major change in my life... Only after he wasn't President did one realise the foresight and wisdom this man had...

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-24 15:55

      If Mac hadn't lied in the first place we would no longer be worrying as to what is going on - all we seem get is lie after lie and no one knows what to believe anymore!!

  • osmaseko - 2012-12-24 15:31

    I lost my grand parents long time ago, I don't think I will moan his passing as I don't celebrate his presence. He sold us out.

      mavundla.christos - 2012-12-24 15:59

      osmaseko's comments ngo tata are just rubbish

      osmaseko - 2012-12-24 16:01

      Mavundla they are rubbish for you not me.

      mbambo.shi - 2012-12-24 16:30

      Crystal. Mandela should have come clean and apologisr to all Black South Africans before his demise, about the secret meetings he had with the right wing. Inequality and land issue is still a problem facing our fellow citizens.

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-24 16:54

      @Osmaseko and mbambo GFYMS

      khabo.philile - 2012-12-24 18:00

      osmaseko only racist can say this as you think that he sold you what have you done to ease the situation ? i pray for you so that god can help you to change your mind

  • Successful Nhlamulo Mabilane - 2012-12-24 15:31

    let God's will be done on this hero of our time

  • jabu.phakula.1 - 2012-12-24 15:37

    i dont think he will cum bck

  • simon.mwando - 2012-12-24 15:41

    Is he still alive? Just thinking aloud

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-24 15:57

      What a lot of us are wondering??????

  • charl.malan.12 - 2012-12-24 15:49

    No new updates, I personally think he has passed already and the ANC is keeping it quiet!

  • arthur.j.ware - 2012-12-24 15:53

    I spent christmas in hospital once its really not that bad but hope he gets better soon

  • philemonmaepa.phatlane - 2012-12-24 16:09

    is he alive or dead?can mac maharaj come clean.if alive get well soon tata

  • david.g.fosse - 2012-12-24 17:33

    Hope they have a chimney at the hospital.

  • Tee Nqolo Cfyso - 2012-12-24 20:13

    u r sooo ignorant its not even funny, i'd be very ashamed if i were u.... after all he has done in order for u to live the lavish life u're living now......argah maaarn!!!!! Get well soon tata madiba

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-12-24 20:19

    Charl are you not maybe related to Magnus cause you sound like him!!

  • mondli.botha.9 - 2012-12-24 22:11

    The old man has lived his life to the fullest its time to resign. Ugqatso ulifezile

  • marc.vaneldonk - 2012-12-25 02:13

    I am astonished that every other article is closed for comment in regards to Nelson Mandela. Don't know what this is all about, but, it can be anything. One thing we have to understand. We are only human. So is Nelson. And even the toughest rock will crumble one day. Now it is up to South Africa what they want to do with their future. South Africa should understand, even when Nelson is still with us. One day he won't.

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