Mandela's home abuzz with activity

2013-12-05 23:02

Johannesburg - Local and international media gathered outside the house of former president Nelson Mandela on Thursday following reports that an urgent family meeting had been called at his Johannesburg residence.

Earlier, media reports stated that two of Mandela's granddaughters and close family friend Bantu Holomisa were seen entering the house.

The Mandela family, however, have denied that a gathering was called.

"No, I haven't heard anything about that," Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela, told Sapa earlier.

Makaziwe Mandela, the former statesman's eldest daughter, declined to comment on the rumours and asked that she not be contacted again for comment.

News agency AFP earlier reported that Mandla Mandela would no longer appear in court on Friday, amid the rumours of the family gathering.

Mandla Mandela's case on a gun-related charge had been postponed to 12 December.

Speaking to the SABC earlier this week, Makaziwe and Mandela's grandson Ndaba, said the global icon was not doing well.

"Tata is still with us. Very strong, as I said very courageous, even in [sic]... lack of a better word, on his death bed, I think he is still teaching us lessons. Lessons in patience, lessons in love, lessons in tolerance," said Makaziwe Mandela.

Ndaba Mandela said: "He is still with us. Although he is not doing well at home in bed."

Stable but critical

Mandela spent almost three months in hospital after being admitted to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in June with a recurring lung infection.

Throughout his hospital stay, the Presidency reported that he was in a critical but stable condition.

Mandela was discharged in September and was receiving home-based medical treatment.

President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela at his Houghton home on 18 November, after which his spokesperson, Mac Maharaj said: "The health of the former president remains much the same as it was when President Zuma last visited him, which is stable but critical, while Madiba continues to respond to treatment."

Maharaj told AFP on Thursday: "My last update stands".

Meanwhile Twitter has been buzzing. #Mandela is trending again.

The Citizen has tweeted: Facts:Two ambulances arrived, followed by a priest (still here) , and now a police presidential protection detail has arrived #Mandela

Debora Patta tweeted: #Mandela Frantic activity at Madiba's Houghton home - a priest seen leaving a short while ago.

  • Johnny Smith - 2013-12-05 23:09

    Madiba - RIP.

      WildCatSal - 2013-12-05 23:20

      I doubt Madiba will ever rest in peace with the knowledge of our rainbow nation in tatters and at corruption breaking point. It would be sad if he died with this on his mind.

      Siya Dlulane - 2013-12-05 23:59

      It is terribly sad to hear such News. It is also very unfortunate to hear this announcement from a President who has tarnished the name of a the very political Party which Mr Nelson Mandela made the World proud of.

      Tumelo Phaahla - 2013-12-06 00:05

      Trust Claudia Meads to rub in the salt, can you please let us mourn in peace. Stop being such an attention seeker, you are boring us. Regardless of what happened with the ambulance did expect him to live 200 years?

      WildCatSal - 2013-12-06 00:34

      RIP Tata Madiba :(

  • Lakie Pirates Maduwa - 2013-12-05 23:11

    People can be so inconsiderate, i will wait for the formal report from the family about madiba's death... As for now, only God knows

      Angus Stembull - 2013-12-05 23:22

      and you know this how Sandra? lemme guess, that quack conspiracy online rag..The Guardian Express out of Vegas. Check your sources honey. For now, wait like the rest of us for a formal declaration regards

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-12-05 23:34

      I know the Mthata Airport upgrades are done, what is the status on the road between Mthata and Qune where Madiba will be buried. No road, no funeral.

      Ruan Van Harmelen - 2013-12-06 00:11

      he has passed away according to the Swedish news where I am currently living, but seems news 24 is a bit slow?

      Tiaan Niemand - 2013-12-06 00:17

      Today was not the official day,it has been kept a secret for specific reasons...

      OzzyInSA - 2013-12-06 00:18

      Lakie, the world media is reporting Madiba is dead. Just SA media is in denial.

  • Dubula Amabhunu - 2013-12-05 23:16

    The old man is dead...he's no more now!!!!

      Angus Stembull - 2013-12-05 23:23

      we have someone in the know..glad to make your aquaintance Dubula. smh

  • Moss Kop - 2013-12-05 23:23

    He is gone

  • Thabang Joseph Tshabalala - 2013-12-05 23:26

    Only time will tell..for now people should just stop with negative comments.

  • Docter Mogoje Wako Kopela - 2013-12-05 23:28

    Last time the very same local and international media reported that excavators were seen preparing His Grave in Qunu and the public trembled in fear,so now there is a family gathering and we expected to shake again? Same song different tune!!!

  • Christopher Ng'andu - 2013-12-05 23:33


  • emmanuel.modika - 2013-12-05 23:38

    Rest in peace Tata Madiba

  • Eddie Chechile - 2013-12-05 23:39

    Maybe he's gone already. I mean how 97 year olds do you know? People just don't live that long no more

  • Jabulani Nicholas Lushaba - 2013-12-05 23:41

    President Jacob Zuma will make the announcement shortly on SABC NEWS Channels

  • Athiel Gaopalelwe - 2013-12-05 23:48

    They finally came 2 dey r senses..yaa its time 2 let him go..

  • Jack Raats - 2013-12-05 23:48

    An example for mankind

  • Paul Ryan - 2013-12-05 23:50

    Its on the news wires now - its been confirmed he has passed away.

  • Leon Lipschitz - 2013-12-05 23:52

    Madiba Rest in peace You will be sorely missed

  • WildCatSal - 2013-12-05 23:52

    RIP Madiba

  • Madumetja April - 2013-12-05 23:52

    farewell and rest in peace tata! you will always be cherished.

  • Christopher Mark V Lowe - 2013-12-05 23:54

    Cheers Madiba. RIP

  • Thabang Joseph Tshabalala - 2013-12-05 23:54

    Sad news..may his souls rest in peace

  • Lunga Mbangatha - 2013-12-05 23:54

    RIP Tata Madiba

  • WildCatSal - 2013-12-05 23:56

    News24 ASLEEP! Listen to your radios or TVs. Mandela died at his Houghton home this evening..

      Gerrit De Clerk - 2013-12-05 23:59

      You guys must be the worst news channel around! After the news hit the world you still behind!

  • Hendrey Chikane - 2013-12-05 23:56

    RIP Madiba

  • Kruger Vlamgat-Reaper Coetzee - 2013-12-05 23:57

    Nelson Mandela confirmed dead a little while ago...

  • mbulelo.kawa - 2013-12-05 23:57

    RIP Tata Rholihlahla Mandela ..

  • Peter Merrington - 2013-12-05 23:58

    He has died. Rest in peace. An epoch is over.

  • The General - 2013-12-05 23:58


  • Tumelo Phaahla - 2013-12-06 00:00

    Clearly N24 people are sleeping, this is big news update us. Anyway RIP Madiba.

  • Moss Montshiwa - 2013-12-06 00:00

    A pillar has fallen,rest in peace Madiba n represent whrever u r as u did whr u from.

  • Lehlogonolo Arthur Padi - 2013-12-06 00:01

    rest in peace Tata Madiba

  • mapetsula - 2013-12-06 00:03


  • Sandile Ndlovu - 2013-12-06 00:03

    Rest in peace Tata

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2013-12-06 00:04

    Rest well, madiba

  • Ruan Van Harmelen - 2013-12-06 00:04

    I am in Sweden and news reports stated Mandela has passed! Why the hell has it not been said on news 24 yet!!!!???

      Ruan Van Harmelen - 2013-12-06 00:14

      RIP madiba

  • Inga Kabane - 2013-12-06 00:05

    RIP Mandela. We will always be grateful for your sacrifices

  • Josky Jay - 2013-12-06 00:06

    May ur soul rest in peace Tata

  • Chella Steyn - 2013-12-06 00:06

    Dear Mr Mandela u really have been a great men.I pray today that God my be with your family my God strengthen then show them the way may they also lead the way u did Tata my ur soul peacefully Rest In Peace u will be missed as we share our birthday on the same day God bless the mandela family and friends Amen

  • Ntsiki Sambane-Nake Dlodlo-Mhasa - 2013-12-06 00:06


      Eben W Jacobs - 2013-12-06 00:12

      We love our "TATA",PLS REST IN PEAS my love ,eben W jacobs

  • Bryan Fine - 2013-12-06 00:07

    Have just heard that he passed away. Rest in peace Madiba, you were a great man and you will be missed by many.

  • Makhani Chifhiwa Six-peck - 2013-12-06 00:07

    Now i think it is the time to understand and to appriciate even to accept that nelson mandela is gone ......its time

  • ARTFUL DODGER. - 2013-12-06 00:07

    it is done it is over!!!!!.....R.I.P MADIBA!!!!!

  • John Mulder - 2013-12-06 00:07

    Thanx Tata Madiba for what u've givin for South Africa,Africa and to the world,may your soul rest in peace..(.the SPEAR of the nation)

  • Xolani Mncina - 2013-12-06 00:07

    RIP Mr President

  • Thera Latoni - 2013-12-06 00:08

    mandela may ur soul rest in peace'wl always luv u!

  • Jabu Mabunda - 2013-12-06 00:08

    Rest in peace

  • Makhani Chifhiwa Six-peck - 2013-12-06 00:08

    Rest in peace tata

  • humbulani.radzilani.9 - 2013-12-06 00:09

    Rip Tata. A pillar has fallen

  • Jo Davies - 2013-12-06 00:11

    With his passing leave the dreams of a united South Africa. I pray for us all, and hope that his vision will become a reality. RIP Tata

  • Chella Steyn - 2013-12-06 00:11

    Because of u tata we have such a day called freedom,u have fight for the rights of other people,u have made all race become one as u has passed away we hope that all u have done for us and still wish to do may become real,u have done your best for us.R.I.P tata Nelson Mandela*mwah*you really have been a great hero,I hope the people in charg may do what u have done for us R.I.p

      Beldered Matywatywa - 2013-12-06 14:16

      Baie mooi gese engel. Ons almal treur saam as een nasie.

  • Wisani Baloyi - 2013-12-06 00:12

    RIP ppls president

  • Mihlali Tyala - 2013-12-06 00:12


  • Sisa Mcicana - 2013-12-06 00:13