News review sparks Madiba health rumours

2011-12-30 12:41

Johannesburg - The presidency on Friday moved to quell any fears about former president Nelson Mandela's health, after a flurry of rumours were apparently triggered by a TV news station's review of 2011 stories.

Former president Nelson Mandela was in good health, good spirits and enjoying the festive season at his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, the presidency said.

"The presidency has received calls from the media enquiring about Madiba's health," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

"It appears that an end of year review done by a media house may have unfortunately triggered a rumour of ill-health."

eNews, in a review of the year, carried file footage of Madiba being taken to hospital in Johannesburg in January 2011.

Maharaj said President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of government and the people of South Africa, wished Madiba a very happy and successful 2012.

  • Mr C - 2011-12-30 12:55

    Key word in the headline "rumours"!

  • Phil - 2011-12-30 13:43

    Merry Xmas Madiba

  • daemos1 - 2011-12-30 13:46

    He just needs to outlive Mugabe, then he can go

      jowza1 - 2011-12-30 13:54

      Will be nice to see you go first

  • Mike - 2011-12-30 14:04

    Article? No article? And the point is ..........?

  • Shirley - 2011-12-30 14:38

    Madiba is not going to live forever so this media fenzy is all a big sales ploy. The man is in his 90s and everytime he sneezes according to the news he is dying. I hope he lives to 150 years of age because when he does die this country will go downhill faster than a runaway train!

      lynch - 2011-12-30 15:24

      Shirley there is nothing Madiba is doing to stop the country to go downhill, He is retired for Pete'sake. I don't know why would you think when He dies the country will go downhill

      Sharon - 2011-12-30 15:33

      I switched the tv on in the middle of the "reflections" bit on enews, nowhere did it say that is what it was, all "Breaking News" over the screen, I honestly thought it was current!

      Juan - 2011-12-30 16:56

      @lynch the country is going downhill, with or without him.

  • Steyn - 2011-12-30 14:58

    A significant portion of confidence in, and within the country, rides on Madiba's well-being.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-30 16:05

    Lynch: If you do not realise the importance that Madiba has to the well being of this country then you are truly in the dark. I KNOW he is retired but his still being here stabilizes a lot of things that would otherwise be in a questionable state!

  • Juan - 2011-12-30 16:52

    Why this obsession with his health? Everybody's gotta go some time and he's no spring chicken, so this could be any day now. Besides that what is his death gonna change anyhow? He is no longer running the show.

      Shirley - 2011-12-30 17:45

      I agree but once he is gone the true colours of the ruling party will come out. At present they are aware of the power Madiba holds-retired or not. He represents the non violent,non rcist approach and this will very quickly change once he is not there.

      lynch - 2011-12-30 18:18

      He is no bigger than the ruling party, they don't make decisions based on him being alive, so don't stress South Africa would still be the same when he is gone.

  • halicon76 - 2011-12-30 20:23

    another quality article by sapa

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