Media braves rain at Mandela's hospital

2012-12-11 12:56

Pretoria - Rain did not deter news crews camping outside 1 Military Hospital, on the outskirts of Pretoria, where former president Nelson Mandela had spent a fourth night.

On Tuesday morning, vehicles of different media houses - local and international - lined the street adjacent to the hospital, at the Thaba Tshwane Military Base.

Journalists had erected large umbrellas and plastic sheets to shield cameras fixed on tripods. Military police stopped and inspected cars at the hospital's main entrance, before allowing them onto the premises.

Some cars had their trunks opened and searched. Cars leaving the hospital were not being stopped.

Earlier, vehicles belonging to news crews, including an outside broadcast vehicle, were turned back at the entrance. Several journalists milled outside, metres from the security checkpoint.

As Mandela's hospital stay entered its fourth day, the presidency revealed he was suffering from the recurrence of a previous lung infection.

  • en.gineer.359 - 2012-12-11 13:03

    Since wen has anything deterred the media? They'll be on the scene reporting live when we all die next week.

      UncleShep - 2012-12-11 13:12


      joseph.brooks.50309 - 2012-12-11 13:17

      he seems like a very important person

      michangel.justice - 2012-12-11 13:21

      For how long must the man still suffer? They(anc)are doin the old man a great injustice... Why are the anc so afraid if he should pass on? Its time for God to complete His work, nothin that any man, doctor can do about that. He lived a courageous life. Not even dr chris barnard could saved himself after saving so many people. People theres nothin to be afraid of ! The Lord is calling on his children, i hope theres a priest to offer him the last sacrament and that tata madiba has repent his sins and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into his live in order to gain eternal life with God, the only way is thru the Son of God, Jesus Christ Our Saviour, to be victorious? My well wishes(condolences will follow) to his fam and to our people that walked with madiba to freedom.

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-11 13:21

      Me thinks they are looking for a bit of sympathy. 4 Nights camped out in the cold and wet and all they get is "He has is comfortable and had a good nights rest."

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-12-11 13:36

      michangel.justice you seem so wise yet what i read proves otherwise. I agree with you on the following: the man is old and we should bother him, if it is time then so be it, the whole Christ story about him repenting and accepting Jesus, I agree with however so; i fail to see what has mandela being in hospital has to do with anc? if your family member gets sick is it the anc taking such person to the hospital? any family when their loved ones are not well they take them to hospital so leave the corrupt anc out of this and concentrate on the issue at hand here. As much as I dont like anc news24 comments has taught me how racist white people still are!

      heini.botes - 2012-12-11 14:14

      @ Jabu...Aaaahhh the whole 'only whites can be racist story'. get over yourself please!! The crap i have read on News24 by your so called brothers and sister is appalling to say the least. Racism has no color, get with the program please!! You have this handfull of morons on both sides spewing all this hate, pathetic actually

      sheamus.drager - 2012-12-11 15:54

      I didn't realize until now, just how incredible brave these reporters are. Neither sun nor rain will stop them from performing their task. Well done the media. F*cking muppets

      shaun.miekle - 2012-12-11 21:09

      I'd rather watch paint dry

      michangel.justice - 2012-12-12 10:10

      Jabu if u read the news more often then u would know why I'm referring to the anc that is keeping him alive. The fear of more increased farm attacks(nationalization of all privately owned mines, farms,banks, etc etc etc), increased strikes and protest action more violent as seen over the past couple of months, increased more violent xenophobic attacks, to name but a few, the list can go on and on and on. If you read more international news you would certainly know what I'm talking about. SA fast becoming Egypt-like state. We condemn Israel for protect themselves , yet the middle east countries are killing their own people by the thousands and that is the same thing happening in our beloved country SA, anc members are killing each other everyday but theres nothin wrong with it. So why would'nt the anc try to keep madiba alive at all cost no matter how painfull his sufferings is, out of the little respect that they and the rest of the world still have for him. But i tell you know there is absolutely nothin to be afraid of for God is with us that still praise and worship him above all other gods.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-12-11 13:11

    why put up a picture of media in sunny weather? arent you reporter's also brave enough to take a photo of other brave reporters performing their brave deed

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-12-11 13:14

    Seriously!!!! Did this really make news???? Please NEWS24 this is not news. Media will do anything to get a story. Please find something else better to report on.

  • sonwabile.nomnganga - 2012-12-11 13:17

    are they hoping he dies so that they can make money of the story? *they are creeping like vultures*

  • nicolaas.vanschalkwyk.5 - 2012-12-11 13:21

    People are being killed left right and centre every day. Our economy is going down the toilet. People are suffering but yet every one's attention is on one man laying in hospital. How pathetic is that

      gerhard.uys.7 - 2012-12-11 13:24

      Ag Niklaas kaaskop van wyk asb man! Laat ek raai, you're probably one of those guys who complain like everyone's listening and yet will not lift a finger to change the situation? Ummm thought so. Learn from Mr Mandela and be the change you want to see in the world!

      sbudesh1 - 2012-12-11 13:40

      Is not just any man, is Nelson Mandela

      solo.mathe.5 - 2012-12-11 13:52

      He's very important to Africans

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-11 13:53

      You mean all 51 million of South Africans' attention is focussed on Madiba? The world of SA must be standing still according to you. So where can one stand in order to see that "everyone's attention is on one man laying in hospital?" Puff and pass otherwise

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-11 14:04

      @solo anyone born on African soil is an African.

      solo.mathe.5 - 2012-12-11 14:14

      @zuma... If born in Africa you MAY refer to yourself as an African, but by placement. I was referring to the real Africans, but then you know that already.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-11 14:20

      solo mathe, you have no authority to classify anyone. So get off the zol

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-11 14:23

      @solo I consider the people who developed beneficial infrastructure in Africa (transport, hospitals,schools etc)and who continue to contribute to the African economy (instead of robbing it) to be real Africans.

      heini.botes - 2012-12-11 14:24

      Cradle of mankind is Africa, so technically the whole world have Africa in them.

      solo.mathe.5 - 2012-12-11 14:27

      It doesn't matter what YOU consider to be real Africans... What matters is what IS. And you are not IT. No one will kill if you go around calling yourself an African though.

      heini.botes - 2012-12-11 14:35

      So it doesn't matter what I think but what YOU think?? Hehe, narrow minded child

      solo.mathe.5 - 2012-12-11 14:39

      It irrelevant where humans originate from because the classifications used today are after that period....

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-11 15:00

      @solo you are right in saying that no one will kill me. That is because I will not be a victim. I can defend myself and will not hesitate to do so. Not all law-abiding citizens are frail or defenceless....

  • deon.vantonder.77 - 2012-12-11 13:28

    I wish the medical field will stop keeping this man alive and let nature prevail. When your time is there, it is there. It will be a lost, so does every life that is lost. He is not the only special person on earth, lots of other people also need special care but simply cannot afford it. Pls let him go............

  • matthew.swanepoel.9 - 2012-12-11 13:36

    The media reporting on the media!!! WAHAHAHA, scrapping the bottom of the barrel, what news24 does best :)

  • thys.human.75 - 2012-12-11 13:38

    Medie "braves" rain, your headline says. Are you going to give them medals - maybe a Mandela coin? Not bloody likely!

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-12-11 13:39

    I think we should stop harassing the old man, if it is time let it be please. He is old and weary what do people exactly expect from him? to live forever?

  • madise.paul - 2012-12-11 13:40

    the same bastards who pranked-call the nurse!!

  • lindi.dique - 2012-12-11 13:45

    I know he is an icon in SA but he is old. Just let him be. I hope he recovers soon.

  • lesia.mohale - 2012-12-11 13:47

    Best wishes for a real leader who toiled for the country`s citizens, blacks, whites, coloureds and otherwise. May the good Lord be with him during this tough time. God is never late. He is never wrong.

  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-12-11 13:47

    Is there really nothing more interesting to report on than the rain!

  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-12-11 13:48

    for example,media have a coffee break

  • khumo.lebone - 2012-12-11 13:50

    The man is 90 for crying in a bucket. He's had a big innings in life and I don't understand this media obsession about his health.

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-12-11 13:57

      We would like to see him finishing the century atlist. 94 will be a painful dismiss.

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-11 14:01

    The obsession is not so much about his health,its what is waiting to happen after his death!

      entreprenuerist - 2012-12-11 14:05

      And there some people once made remarks that after mandela death they will they best and chase away we(white race) to europe.

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-11 14:25

      @entreprenuerist they have been threating to do so in SA for many years. Yet we are still here...

  • entreprenuerist - 2012-12-11 14:02

    The Man is old and He already on Jesus Eternal Life support only Body is Left.

      musa.mohapi.3 - 2012-12-11 14:15

      The Man is old and he already on Jesus Eternal Life support only body left,we love you Tata.

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-12-11 14:17

    You do not BRAVE the rain if you are sitting in a news van sipping cha i-tea en schnakking on a Marie. If the sun was out the headline would probably have read, Media braves melanoma. Slow news day MUCH?! Leave the man in peace. How must anybody get any rest with all this ruckus outside?

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2012-12-11 14:24

    And this story is news? Some people standing in the rain? Come on 24, you can do better.

  • morris.khunou - 2012-12-11 14:31

    Like true immoral scavengers!

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-11 15:46

      The ANC?

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-12-11 15:02

    To aaaaallll South Africans I hope u'll enjoy yr Xmas an have a prosperous New Year. Please for heavens sake DONT DRINK AND DRIVE. Peace brothers an sisters

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