No clarity on Winnie's hospital stay

2011-11-23 12:14

Johannesburg - It was unclear on Wednesday whether ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was still in hospital.

A spokesperson for Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, Erin Walsh, said she did not have a mandate to speak on the matter.

This was because she had only been authorised by the Mandela family to say on Friday that 75-year-old Madikizela-Mandela had been admitted for medical observation.

The ANC Women's League was also unable to say whether she had been discharged.


Madikizela-Mandela was admitted to the Milpark hospital on Friday for treatment for an existing diabetes condition, her daughter Zindzi Mandela said.

On Tuesday, ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said that he believed she was still in hospital on Monday, but had not been updated since.

He was not able to comment immediately when reached on Wednesday, saying he was in a meeting.

Mthembu said on Tuesday that the party would release a statement when Madikizela-Mandela's discharge from hospital was confirmed.

In September, Madikizela-Mandela was admitted to the Life Brenthurst Clinic in Parktown for minor surgery to her ankle.

  • Nigel - 2011-11-23 12:19

    who cares

      Yar - 2011-11-23 12:33

      I Care Nige. What if she lives?

  • Vicker - 2011-11-23 12:28

    Its a State Secret...

      npretorius2 - 2011-11-23 12:33

      Her condition is censored!! Obtaining information will result in jail time!! lol

  • Lulama - 2011-11-23 12:31

    she treated people like ish. Who cares what happens to her. The only person she cares abt is Juju

  • Klipkop - 2011-11-23 12:33

    Existing diabetes condition is code for her liver packed up.

  • Joe - 2011-11-23 12:39

    This country has a lot of bitter people, how can we wish for somebody to die even if you hate them so much. What goes around comes around. Wishing you speedy recovery.

      Lulama - 2011-11-23 12:45

      i dont wish her to die but not very sure how she being sick is going to change the price of bread

      Alan - 2011-11-23 12:49

      You will need extra dough.

      emile.eley - 2011-11-23 13:24

      Right on Joe.

  • Alan - 2011-11-23 12:43

    I have heard of Winnie the Pooh, so it might be a diahorrea problem? Maybe I am just picking up Stompies. Then again - this could also be a State Secret.

  • Dave - 2011-11-23 12:46

    Wish her all the pain and suffering she inflicted on Stompie. The only way she should leave hospital is feet first in a box.

      Alan - 2011-11-23 13:09

      I love OLD AGE. Imagine somebody having lived a life of greed, power and corruption, only to reach old age and realise that it all means nothing, and that soon you will be answering for the life you lived. Hmm .. I hope Winnie has a looong life.

      emile.eley - 2011-11-23 13:26

      I'm puzzled to see how much our paler brethren suddenly miss Stompie, but seem to have forgotten the horrors of Apartheid. Selective amnesia on a grand scale.

      Sganja - 2011-11-23 13:27

      Dave you are disgraced just imagine if it was your parent?try not to hate a person so bad....get well soon mama...

  • TheSlip - 2011-11-23 12:47

    Heard she had "vrotpootjie" . . if they amputate her foot, she'll have a . . . . . Stompie.

  • Boris - 2011-11-23 12:48

    why did the "mother of the nation" not go to a state run hospital? i have never heard about a struggle hero who went to a public hospital, even the alcoholic beetroot & garlic docter went to a private hospital and she was minister of health!! bloody hypocrites

      ezekiel.ratshefola - 2011-11-23 13:07


      emile.eley - 2011-11-23 13:27

      Errr, I think Steve Biko would differ.

  • Alan - 2011-11-23 12:52

    Why is Winnie at a PVT Netcare hospital, when the State Hospitals are World Class institutions? I heard that the National Health Bill (which will follow the Black Tuesday Bill) will provide everybody with World Class health care. WTF?

  • Philip - 2011-11-23 13:01

    Any stompies lying around?

  • Wouter - 2011-11-23 13:04

    Diabetes - Sweet!

  • jack.kukard - 2011-11-23 13:10

    Why did she not go to a government hospital , according motswaledi they are the best ....what a joke

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-11-23 13:20

    I can confirm that my somewhat overweight labrador is not in hospital!

  • Cy - 2011-11-23 13:28

    mmmm...certain people at a certain hospital can do all south africans a huge favour, they can blame it on the diabetes

      Sganja - 2011-11-23 13:33

      Stupid comment....

      Alan - 2011-11-23 13:46

      That's rich Sganja! LMML

  • Theresa - 2011-11-23 13:36

    I really hope the hospital releases a report on Winnie..I want to buy champagne if need be...

  • Treyzo - 2011-11-23 13:44

    I know this woman has done so many terrible things, even more terrible things than the apartheid government did, but as human being we need to show compassion

  • Kevin - 2011-11-23 13:50

    At least she is alive, unlike her poor vicitm Stompie whom she had murdered.

  • Dalai - 2011-11-23 14:12

    Stay there indefinitely!

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