Mandela looking much better - presidency

2012-12-18 20:29

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela would stay in hospital until doctors were satisfied he had made sufficient progress, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"Doctors are satisfied that the progress he [Mandela] is making is consistent with his age," Zuma said in a statement.

"They say there is no crisis, but add that they are in no hurry to send him home just yet, until they are satisfied that he has made sufficient progress."

Zuma urged the public to continue supporting Madiba, but also understand that Mandela was 94 years old and needed extraordinary care.

"If he spends more days in hospital, it is because that necessary care is being provided," said Zuma.

"We wish the family strength during this period. They have the love and support of the whole nation."

Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj visited Mandela on Tuesday.

"He is looking much better," said Maharaj.

He said that Mandela immediately asked him: "Mac, what are you doing here?" Maharaj said: "I asked him not give the doctors any trouble."

Mandela was flown to a Pretoria hospital from his home in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on 8 December for treatment of a recurring lung infection and to have gallstones removed.

"The procedure was successful and Madiba is recovering. The medical team decided to attend to a lung infection before determining when to attend to the gallstones," Maharaj said in a statement on Saturday.

  • mathata.fela.7 - 2012-12-18 20:35

    If he is going to get any better he is going to grow wings.

      debduplessis - 2012-12-18 20:41

      I think Madiba will after today's conference result!

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-12-19 04:39

      I think the cANCer examined that statue everytime they issues statements - "he is looking better"! Can;t agree though lol

      morgaenart.farto - 2012-12-19 08:43

      He looks pretty solid in the pic.

  • debduplessis - 2012-12-18 20:38

    Just hope he gets better & family shields him from today's party conference result for his own health, stability, life & what he fought against has manifested in his previous party belief

  • susan.dejager2 - 2012-12-18 20:45

    In famous Madiba quote:'If The ANC government does to you what the apartheid government did to u, then u must do to the ANC what u did to apartheid." Hope you feel better soon Madiba!

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-12-18 21:52

    Can anyone tell him today's ANC leadership results and how nation feel betrayed by 4000 cowards who voted in the interest of keeping their posts and selling the nation to the most corr@pt m@ron so that he may go in peace.

      Mvuselelo Mnguni - 2012-12-18 22:01

      @Prince Kgwale,do U still snort,smoke and drink everyday,just quit that sh**t,your mind will work properly.

      stanley.kgadis - 2012-12-18 22:45

      Prince my boy whr is ur ubuntu 2wrds elders? i think ur mom if sh is stil alive sh wil b embarrastd abt ur bad utterance 2 our former statesman..i forgve u young man...i think u mst apologise 2 d south africans...o tletse masepa boy

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-12-19 04:54

      stanley - ubuntu towards the elders??? There is RESPECT that would have been earned for these elders IF they deserve such respect! Not just because they are elders, one should respect! There are criminals out there in jails that are much older than me - should I respect them because theyare elders???? come - use your elder brain cells to make up of that one.. As about what prince is saying is true - if you guys love to put a blindeye on the nkandla, marikana dead (due to the new apartheid called the cANCer), the people living in shacks, the youth that have no future, the criminals that are being set free, then that is YOUR problem - this young man is applying his mind to the worst endemic problems of sa in history - and tries to make people aware, but alas, there you are as stupid as ever....!

  • nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-18 22:06

    He is looking much better said Mac-The-Maggot...someone could look much better but that's not to say they are well...

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-12-18 22:16

    @Mvuselo Mguni i smoke and drink with your granny. Please ask her to quit first then i'll follow!

      Tsholofelo Claudina Sajana - 2012-12-19 07:15

      Huuu, Price ur rude shame, maybe u dont know the love from ur father or grandfather thats why ur acting like this. nxa!

  • julian.coetzee.56 - 2012-12-19 00:08

    Hahahaha losten to this idiot....Prince you have much to know nothing of life

  • blindfolded.cynic - 2012-12-19 10:35

    Why should I - or anyone else, for that matter - believe anything that now comes from the ANC? The ANC has been caught out in two stupendous lies regarding Nelson Mandela's health and progress. Lies of commission and omission. And having been caught out then just brazenly, and with a straight face, seeks to carry on as usual, ignoring the fact that credibility is severely impaired when you are seen to have your trousers wrapped around your ankles with no adequate or plausible explanation why your tonker is getting suntanned. True to its historical and ideological roots, the ANC seeks to micro-manage the lives of all those under its control - even to the emotions of its own supporters. Does the ANC truly believe that the citizens of this country will publicly rend their clothing and embark upon mass hysteria should they think that Mandela is seriously ill or about to die? This country is mature and realistic enough to know that Mandela is elderly and mortal; come the day, South Africans of all types will mourn the inevitable and carry on as best they can in their daily lives. The ANC seeks only the best way to capitalize on Mandela the icon for its own ends and benefit. Mac Maharaj's words are generated from a list of eroded platitudes and hackneyed ideological communist mantras, delivered with all the sincerity and warmth of a thrown knife. And, if the ANC will lie about the state of Mandela's health, what else are they not telling us about all manner of other things?

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-19 13:04

    That is good news although when he is released i doubt that "the sparkle in his eyes will come back" Mandela is very disappointed that "his dream" faded with the sparkle he HAD in his eyes

  • meshachemeka - 2012-12-19 13:06

    am praying for quik recolvering

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-12-19 16:18

    If he is better, let them discharge him

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