Mandela back at his Johannesburg home

2012-01-29 20:42

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela arrived at his Houghton home, north of Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon, SABC news reported.

The roads around his house, which had earlier been closed off to traffic, have now been opened, the broadcaster said.

Mandela was taken in a road convoy from his rural home at Qunu to Mthatha Airport in the Eastern Cape. He was then flown to Gauteng.

The Presidency emphasised that Mandela was in good condition and that the move was due to maintenance work being done at his home in Qunu.

Spokesperson Mac Maharaj appealed for his privacy and that of his family to be respected.

Mandela moved to Qunu a few days before his 93rd birthday in July last year. It's not clear how long Mandela will stay in Johannesburg.

  • michael.liebenberg - 2012-01-29 21:13

    Don't get me wrong, I like NRM, but seriously, does N24 have nothing better to report on? Leave the man alone, let him rest. Is this what journalism has come to. Next they will be reporting on what color he painted his house.

  • Melanie Purge - 2012-01-29 21:52

    after the renovations/house maintanance, he will fly back to qunu so that the houghton home is maintained too.

      Ian - 2012-01-30 06:10

      at tax payers expense of course

  • Roland - 2012-01-29 21:59

    Why do you have to close off roads? How many "blue light" vehicles were wasted in an exercise like this.

  • Lyle - 2012-01-29 22:02

    I'll rather read about this, than more ANC corruption, more poor suffering black people, and more comments from educated racists!!! its damn depressing you know! I'm young, but the future looks bleak! I'll rather be oblivious... ignorance is bliss

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-01-29 23:12

    Yes hes a living ancestor bt is all of this really neccesary, i bet his movements alone today cost us more than a million, 2 planes, security, the helicopters, the convoys.

  • Juan - 2012-01-30 00:12

    news24 is just trying to fill empty space on their web page. How can this possibly be newsworthy?

  • Grant - 2012-01-30 02:56

    Whenever an ANC official makes a statement I ask myself "What is the true story?". It would have been an ordeal for mandela to be moved to Jhb, not to mention the cost to the taxpayer and the inconvenience to the people in Houghton where the roads were blocked. All suposedly because maintenance had to be done on the Qunu home. Pull the other one, why was the maintenance not done before he moved there last July? The only reason I can think of is that the family want to make as much money as possible when he dies and Jhb is the better place (more hotels for journalists etc).

  • Ian - 2012-01-30 06:09

    wow breaking news, news 24 you have so lost the plot, you are sounding more and more like just another anc mouth piece, pathetic

  • Ian - 2012-01-30 06:13

    GOOD CONDITION. f me twice on a sunday, news 24 pls drop those sabc bee reporters or change your website from .com to, your standard of reporting is way below par for .com

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-30 07:48

    Why is this news? Leave the man alone

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-01-30 10:11

    long live Madiba!

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