Nelson Mandela has lung infection

2012-12-11 11:25

Pretoria - Former president Nelson Mandela is suffering from a lung infection, the presidency said on Tuesday.

"Doctors have concluded the tests, and these have revealed a recurrence of a previous lung infection, for which Madiba is receiving appropriate treatment and he is responding to the treatment," the presidency said.

"President [Jacob] Zuma thanks the public for continuous support to former president Mandela and his family at this time."

Fourth day in hospital

Mandela's hospital stay entered its fourth day on Tuesday, with his wife, Graca Machel, telling a broadcaster it pained her to see him lose his "sparkle".

She told eNCA it was painful for her to see her husband's health deteriorate.

"To see him ageing... it pains you. You understand and you know it has to happen... The spirit and the sparkle, you see that somehow it's fading," she said in an interview on Monday.

Journalists continued camping outside 1 Military Hospital on the outskirts of Pretoria on Tuesday morning. Soldiers were stopping and searching cars at the main entrance. News crews, including an outside broadcast vehicle, were turned back at the entrance. Several journalists waited metres from the security checkpoint.

On Monday, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said Mandela was "doing very, very well" while undergoing unspecified medical tests.

She offered the first government confirmation that Mandela, who had received military medical care since 2011, was at that hospital.


On Monday the presidency said Mandela was fine and was due for further tests.

On Saturday, Zuma's office announced Mandela had been admitted to a Pretoria hospital for medical tests and care that was "consistent for his age".

Zuma visited Mandela on Sunday morning at the hospital and found the former leader "comfortable and in good care", presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

The hospital stay was being watched by media around the world, including the LA Times, the Telegraph, Hindustan Times, and Zimbabwe Independent.

The Washington Post included a CBS newsclip in which their reporter described him as having been "physically robust" but "mentally detached" at his 94th birthday celebration which they attended.

The Brisbane Times posted a video package of footage of him beaming with fellow African National Congress officials four years ago.

In February, Mandela spent a night in a hospital for a minor diagnostic surgery to determine the cause of an abdominal complaint. In January 2011 Mandela was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital for what officials initially described as tests, but what turned out to be an acute respiratory infection.

Mandela has had other health problems. He contracted tuberculosis during his years in prison and had surgery for an enlarged prostate gland in 1985. In 2001, Mandela underwent seven weeks of radiation therapy for prostate cancer.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-12-11 11:27

    oh my god :'( that is awful :'( get well madiba!!!!!

      thutothegreat - 2012-12-11 11:49

      This is bad, I pray for you madiba

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-11 11:52

      So much for"routine tests"... Why does the government insist on lying to the citizens of this country? Why not just tell the truth the first time: "Madiba is sick and needs hospitalization..." Would have been so much simpler...

      nomcebo.k.kubheka.3 - 2012-12-11 12:02

      Newsflash: Mandela is not immortal and the country wont collapse when he does, inevitably die. We all gonna die at some point and guess what when we do life will go on! People need to just relax, or more like get a life!

      mvuleni.gibizizwe - 2012-12-11 12:18

      I wish him speedy ricovery sir

  • nonkululeko.sithole - 2012-12-11 11:35

    We wish him speedy recovery.

      lionel.armstrong.77 - 2012-12-11 13:23

      but how do we know that not lying about the lung infection too! we are subjected to so much crap how can we even still give a rats ass?!

  • unati.songcakasograss - 2012-12-11 11:41

    He is a survivor and with God's mercy he will be saved. Long live Tatu'Mandela! We love and miss you this side!

      75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-12-11 17:37

      wow unati well said, but i can't believe that so many people r disliking ur comment. is it because they want to see him dead. it goes on to prove that those who disapprove of Zuma's leadership citing corruption as their reasons behind it are actually racists. this man is loved by the whole world, the whole world wishes him a speedy recovery but some within the country who r motivated by racism r throwing insults at an old man, shame on them i guess they will never be sick nor even die. Mandela is a blessed man no one is or will ever be like him God is always there for him.

  • lulama - 2012-12-11 11:46

    Get well sir

      75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-12-11 17:38

      ur name says it all lulama no Tata uzo lulama

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-12-11 11:48

    So, the "routine tests" story was a lie? As usual.

      Thilivhali Fitzgerald - 2012-12-11 12:12

      i wonder wen zoomer and his maharaj guy will stop ever lying to us why cant they tell us the truth only once i am tired of reading a story where these two guys are saying anything

  • bornwell.dennison - 2012-12-11 11:51

    I wish a speedy recovery to Tata Madiba,a World Icon,a Rare Charecter,one of the kind,South Africa is blessed to have you,please recover soon,South Africa needs to drink from your Ocean of wisdom and humanity-God bless you

      arthur.tarr.3 - 2012-12-11 13:07

      @ only.. You Are A P>>.S

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-12-11 12:10

    We are praying for you, Madiba. Our thoughts is continuously with you and may you be kept safe for us. Love you Madiba.

  • matsutle.aphane - 2012-12-11 12:11

    I wish u well TATA may GOD BLESS u to see many more days to come,,,!

  • nhlapop - 2012-12-11 12:19

    Let’s respect our ICON. He done enough for this country, and he need privacy now, people must stop running around him, he need privacy with his family. Get well soon Tata.

  • tlegodu - 2012-12-11 12:21

    Get well Tata, May your spirit not feel the physical pain,you deserve peace, After pains you had from the boer apartheid regime,We love you Tata, we Africans in the blood,we feel blessed as God loved us so much for such big heart!!!!!! Gods healing hand is with you.

      mercia.lamprecht.73 - 2012-12-11 12:40

      To use this page to make a racial comment is so nasty. Shame on you. Mr Mandela would be ashamed of you. Pity you learned nothing from him. You are a sad, bitter human being.

      francois.lombard.90 - 2012-12-11 12:57

      And you had to whip out the race card somewhere! Chop

  • mkhulunyelwa.xaba - 2012-12-11 12:23

    Get well soon Tata

  • - 2012-12-11 12:25

    Wishing u a speedy recovery Tatu Madiba.God bless U

  • nawhal.majietarmien - 2012-12-11 12:25

    you are getting older, and we know all humans pass on, but we want you to get better

  • maria.roth.589 - 2012-12-11 12:26

    Get well soon Madiba.

  • dibageng.jacob - 2012-12-11 12:27

    nelson mandela is old n there is nothing agent of his condition n it sholld b expert wth de age dat he oftently get madical attention....nw the media is cashing dollars out of dis coverage...shame on u

      jj.jeno.1 - 2012-12-11 14:07

      I was going to write a long response to you but it all comes down to one thing: You are an idiot.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-11 14:24

      Sorry dude don't understand you, please repeat in plain English not Limpopo graduate English

  • thuthukileurania - 2012-12-11 12:30

    The man is old leave him alone! When my grandpa was that age all he wanted to do was eat his soup and sleep under the trees!

      mnibo.klaas - 2012-12-11 12:42

      this is not yo grandpa, we talkin about Madiba here hello!

  • tammy.ell - 2012-12-11 12:30

    Why are people 'thumbs downing' get well soon messages?

      xolanit.ntuli.9 - 2012-12-11 13:05

      I don't get it either Tammy, they mean He should pass on!! Heartless lots

      MagdaKus - 2012-12-11 13:15

      I don't understand that either...

  • erroltennyson.vanrenen - 2012-12-11 12:35

    Why does Mac Maharaj & the ANC lie about everything Madiba was hospitalised 4 days ago for a checkup All of a sudden 4 days later he has a lung infection WHY IS THE ANC DISHONEST ABOUT EVERYTHING Errol T Van Renen

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-12-11 13:11

      Mac is supposed to be one of the ANC's top spin doctors. Unfortunately he is not very good at it.

      alice.pretorius - 2012-12-11 13:45

      All is well in the world if a routine checkup and morning sickess makes world heardline news,

  • marius.koen.16 - 2012-12-11 12:42

    Geeze, whats with all the thumbs down? Really people, he is an old man and all one could wish for is that he gets better.

      MagdaKus - 2012-12-11 13:19

      In the white circles that I move in, those that are not Madiba fans at least appreciate him on some level- but I am sure there are all sorts out there... I don't think it is correct to say "that won't change" either. My friends children don't even have the prejudices that my generation thinks we don't have...

  • werner.pretorius.12 - 2012-12-11 12:42

    Die media buite die hospitaal is soos aasvoels.

      MagdaKus - 2012-12-11 13:21

      On the other hand all of us reading these articles are proof there is hunger for this news... If we were not so inquisitive, media would not need to be there...

  • madise.paul - 2012-12-11 12:43


  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-11 12:45

    The truth shall set you free! ANC don't know this!

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-12-11 12:49

    Illiterate Zuma was hiding it as if it's tax money he looted. He infected by the visit of the man above the law. For Madiba to get well,he must make sure shower head is not welcomed again in his ward. Get well Madiba!

  • xolanit.ntuli.9 - 2012-12-11 12:53

    Judging by some comments, apartheid f>>ked a lot of people's minds, both black and white. It has became a terminal illness to lot.

      MagdaKus - 2012-12-11 13:24

      It is a problem- but there is a lot of hope out there too. I think it is the nature of these forums. People do not post as much to agree and praise each other - but to debate (sometimes more sometimes less cordially)... It is not a reflection of everything there is to inter-racial relations in SA (though disheartening often enough).

  • alon.fisher.752 - 2012-12-11 12:54

    Get well Diba!!!

  • Bob - 2012-12-11 12:58

    His lungs should be rather messed up from all the napalm he accidentally inhaled during his MK days. They should check to see whether he's got lung cancer too.

      karen.seeger.564 - 2012-12-11 17:43

      Bob, Karma is not nice!

      Bob - 2012-12-11 23:40

      I disagree. Karma sutra is quite nice.`

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-12-11 12:59

    Only goodwill extended towards the man and hope that this zuma anc does not kill him through disappointment & sorrow & misery.

  • siyabonga.chaflar - 2012-12-11 13:00

    I wish speed recovering for Nelson Mandela we still need you Man be strong...God may be with you in every step of your way.....

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-12-11 13:01

    For a man his age this is not good but he is in good hands and I wish him a speedy recovery.

  • tawanda.marufu.96 - 2012-12-11 13:05

    we wish tata a quick recovery. everybody in mzansi loves this freedom fight

  • becky.jamieson1 - 2012-12-11 13:20

    Get well soon Madiba my hero.... Without you I would not have been blessed with the friends I have or the amazing BF and son I have today. We love you Sir!!

  • andy.zondi - 2012-12-11 13:34

    Wats wit all the thumbs down? Mandela risked his life and went to prison all in the name of freedom...I wish I could shake his hand, hopefully he'll get better and live longer, no matter wat all u haters say or do

      mos.moshin.5 - 2012-12-11 13:49

      They are just brainless idiots. They find it funny which is senseless. But what can you do?

  • teri.bosmanbekker - 2012-12-11 13:34

    Shame, well, you lived 94 years - it is a full life! Go well !

  • honestraymond2003 - 2012-12-11 14:04

    With all the thumbs down on comments,, i have come to the realisation that the remaining boeremag members must have just got fast mweb internet and made news24 accounts so as to stir up racial divisions, but people should remember that they do not represent the majority of people! Atleast i hope so!

      Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-12-11 14:21

      The thumbs down can be anybody that wants to stir up people.!! Think!!

      honestraymond2003 - 2012-12-11 15:15

      True but i said that coz its mandela and not eugene tereblanche. Just using common knowledge to try figure out the coz of all this hate!

  • karen.seeger.564 - 2012-12-11 14:08

    I am so grateful that I was born when I was and that I chose teaching as a profession. I taught across two eras- pre 1994 and post 1994. And if it had not been for Madiba, I would never have been blessed by such a richly rewarding experience. Having to explain apartheid to a group of children for whom it is foreign, is his legacy. Rest now, Madiba. Your work is done and never in vain.

  • fulufheloprogiga.mukhodobwane - 2012-12-11 14:20

    Life well spent TATA, mr thumb down der is no double up nxt tym its U, anyway y dnt u mind your own Bizz.

  • nikayla.moodley - 2012-12-11 14:30

    Done such great things for so many people. Please get well soon Mandela. We are always thinking of you

  • ansie.card - 2012-12-11 14:31

    Dear mr mandela I hope yo will get better soon!!I know God has his hand on you!!I pray for yo and for your dear wife,I still want to meet you!Your birthday is same day as my dad!!!

  • annempho.masenya - 2012-12-11 15:10

    Get well soon Madiba, lung infection is painful and causes unbearable breathlessness i know from experience but i wish you all the strength.

  • ndumisocouncious.ndlovu - 2012-12-11 15:46

    i bealive 1 day we'r all gona die if it's his time Just let him go.we will ms him and cheris averything he has done for this country.

  • danie.malan - 2012-12-11 17:49

    I wonder why News24 deletes my comments????

  • 75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-12-11 17:52

    reading some comments here i have realised that the cruelty that led to our struggle icon to serving 27yrs in jail for nothing is still alive. i ask myself why would some people dislike comments whereby an old man is being wished a speedy recovery. we r so lucky to have this man in our country but it looks like the other countries love him more than some south africans who r motivated by racism do. one thing we must know is that no one knows what the future holds for them, our lives r controlled and taken care of by God. wishing for another person to die is really ridiculous. we love you Madiba, u r the best no one is or will ever be like u, u r an angel of God that was sent to set the lives of the opressed free. Viva Mandela Viva

  • danie.malan - 2012-12-11 18:08

    Let me try again... it seems like News24 doesn't like my comment! First it was reported he was in hospital for tests and now they say he had lung infection. Why lie first and not tell the truth?

  • salee.sithwell - 2012-12-11 18:59

    Madiba used to be a smoker. I do pray this isn't from many years of smoking; and is curable. Get well soon!

  • Klass - 2012-12-11 21:20

    l think it is just we had a technical problem with Dakota. We will keep on loving u. Get well DADA

  • profesas1 - 2012-12-11 21:27

    News24 y do u delete comments?? This is a platform where everyone is entitled to their opinion

  • Azwihangwisi - 2012-12-11 23:15

    u will always be in my prayer to get well father of nation

      naomi.diedericks1 - 2012-12-13 14:03

      Only one Faher of All nations is GOD

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-12-12 02:42

    From smoking boom

  • kgobi.linah - 2012-12-12 05:52

    Nelson Mandela has lung infection

  • - 2012-12-12 07:48

    Man! People make this more complicated than it needs to be. He is an old man, he had minor surgery, - lung infections are common in this situation. And what's with the "doctors have concluded the tests, and these have revealed a recurrence of a previous lung infection"? You wheel him down to X-rays and see what's going on, no need for "concluding" and "testing". Older people don't heal as quickly as a 20-year old, but he should be OK.