Mandela hospitalised with stomach ailment

2012-02-25 11:12

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital, the presidency said.

"President Jacob Zuma wishes to advise that....Mandela was admitted to hospital today, 25 February 2012," it said in a statement.

"Madiba has had a long-standing abdominal complaint and doctors feel it needs proper specialist medical attention."

It was not known which hospital he was taken to.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj did not want disclose further information.

"We want to handle the matter with due regard to his privacy. We will give you updates as soon as we have any," he said.

The Presidency wished him a speedy recovery.

"...we assure him [Mandela] of the love and good wishes of all South Africans and people throughout the world."

The Presidency asked that Madiba's privacy and that of his family be respected.

  • Kagiso Tlhakung - 2012-02-25 11:15

    Pls get well soon Madiba

      Poloyatonki - 2012-02-25 12:04

      After Madiba's death thats when the real storm will begin.... Get well Madiba.

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-25 11:19

    Hope its just a normal stomach ache...get well soon old man..!

  • max.rapea - 2012-02-25 11:23

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  • John - 2012-02-25 11:24

    Get well soon Madiba

  • Renier - 2012-02-25 11:24

    Lots of strength and a speedy recovery!

  • Siso - 2012-02-25 11:26

    Get well soon Tata..

  • Myvision - 2012-02-25 11:29

    Get well soon Tata

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-25 11:30

    Get well Madiba, u ar a proven tough one!!!

  • Brave - 2012-02-25 11:32

    Would you not also get sick in the stomach if you see how your once proud political movement is conducting itself now? Good wishes for a speedy recovery for Madiba.

      Billy - 2012-02-25 11:39

      I know what you mean, but now is not the time please.

      gillian.sanderson - 2012-02-25 12:24

      Well said Brave

      Hilary - 2012-02-25 13:36

      Well said, Fred.

      Hugo - 2012-02-25 17:25

      Brave for your info ANC did worse things in exile,just saying

  • Jacqueline - 2012-02-25 11:35

    Get well soon Madiba! Thoughts and prayers with you! Amazing to see not one negative comment. Only positive thoughts and wishes. Still bringing the nation together even when he is feeling a little bit under the weather.

      Shoosh - 2012-02-25 13:30

      I also had a stomach complaint which was relieved when I finally managed to park a pony, turned out I was also constipated & full of s**t. Guess we all die sometime it is written in the stars.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-25 11:36

    The unfortunate ailments of old age. Hope its nothing serious and he is fit,well and home soon!

  • Tanie - 2012-02-25 11:38

    Recover quickly before the evil news24 loyalist put their stinky fingers on their keyboards.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-25 11:45

      I was on Nuus24 the loyalist active already there!!

  • elewies - 2012-02-25 11:44

    Get well soon Mr Mandela :) And this is the last article I will read on this matter as the media is certainly going to milk this news and make it seem more dramatic than it is

      gillian.sanderson - 2012-02-25 12:25


  • Perfume5 - 2012-02-25 11:44

    Wishing you a speedy recovery Mr Mandela.

  • Todd Jameson - 2012-02-25 11:44

    Are we getting a public holiday! All jokes aside, get well soon Madiba, hope its nothing too serious!

  • kleurlingaksie - 2012-02-25 11:53

    Ons bid vir tata Madiba dat hy gou moet gesond word,... Hy is waarlik ons,SA se tata in alle opsigte,...

  • kleurlingaksie - 2012-02-25 11:57

    We are praying for tata Madiba's speedy recovery,...we hope u get well soon.u are truly our tata in every way,...

  • tamlyndowdle - 2012-02-25 12:07

    get well soon xx

  • Princess Kim Johnson - 2012-02-25 12:07

    Get well soon Madiba. Sending love and light

  • San.shaba - 2012-02-25 12:18

    get well soon Tata!

  • george.oliphant1 - 2012-02-25 12:24

    Our hope its in the Lord, we pray for your wellness and ask GOD to grant you more years to come, we just need to your presence in us Madiba get well soon.

  • Simphiwe - 2012-02-25 12:25

    Please Tata Madiba get well soon we stil need you in dis world, we stl need some advise from you as our father who have never disapointed us as South African citizens. We love u!!!

  • Fanie - 2012-02-25 12:25

    I wish you well mkulu ngunzi

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  • wayne.carolus1 - 2012-02-25 13:23

    wishing you a speedy revovery

  • lynette.gerbervanromburgh - 2012-02-25 15:15

    Speedy recovery Madiba

  • Mpho - 2012-02-25 16:49

    I am hurt. This is taking me back to my recent past. My grandmother. I love her so much. May Tata Madiba have a speedy recovery. I love you Tata.

  • Marie - 2012-02-25 17:16

    I cannot believe what I am seeing...... Readers actually giving a thumbsdown to Madiba getting well? Do we have some very, very sick people out there, or what? Let us remember where he came from, the sacrifices he made, and that God used this humble man (one of many) to bring about a peaceful transition in this our beloved country. Let us remember all the good. May God have mercy on us! Forgive us, Father, because we do not know what we are doing. With tears in my eyes -literally..... Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Madiba. Get well soon! We love and respect you! May the Lord bless you, and keep you, May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, and give you His peace.

      Adam - 2012-02-26 08:20

      Marie, maybe these sick people remember Wimpy bombings, courthouse killings, landmine murders, youth set up as cannon fodder, innocent murders, comrades being buried alive at quatro, blacks hanging in trees for months ...... I dont find this peaceful, or do you condone the above, or do you think God condones the above murders. The last time I read the bible it stated "thou shalt not kill" It seems about half the people dont want him to recover..count the thumbs

  • Fanie - 2012-02-25 17:44

    those giving thumbs dow will not even recognize greatnes even if you push it up there noses. But no worry THE GREAT MAN WILL FORGIVE THEM AGAIN!

  • pal.mabelane - 2012-02-25 17:51

    I hope this is not the reason he came back to Houghton in the forst place

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