No need to panic over Mandela - presidency

2012-12-10 10:44

Johannesburg - There is no need to panic about former president Nelson Mandela's health, the presidency said on Monday.

"There is no cause for alarm... he [Mandela] is in the hands of a good medical team," said presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj.

An update on Mandela's health would be communicated once his doctors had updated the presidency, he said.

Mandela, 94, was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria on Saturday for "medical attention".

At the time, Maharaj said that, as had been said before, Mandela would "receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age".

On Sunday morning, President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela in hospital and found him "comfortable, and in good care", said Maharaj.

He again appealed to the media and to the public to respect the privacy of Mandela and his family. It is believed that he is being treated at One Military hospital.

Motlanthe visit to Mandela cancelled

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe reportedly cancelled a planned visit to Mandela at his Qunu home last week, according to weekend reports.

"All I know is that there was a planned visit to Mandela, but the deputy president decided to cancel and attend to state matters," Motlanthe's spokesperson Thabo Masebe told the Sunday Times.

A Qunu traditional ruler, Nokwanele Balizulu, told foreign news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) she saw Mandela shortly before he was taken to hospital.

"I was called by the Mandela family saying Tata [grandfather] is not well. I rushed there and I saw he is not well," she was quoted as saying.

The Associated Press reported on Sunday that worshippers gathered at the Regina Mundi Catholic church in Soweto to pray for Mandela.

Mandela was admitted to hospital in February this year for a diagnostic procedure, which Lindiwe Sisulu - defence minister at the time - later said was "an investigative laparoscopy".

This hospital visit was marked by much less media speculation than a hospital visit in January 2011, when few updates on his condition were made public, leading to rumours about his condition.

In February, the presidency sent regular updates on his condition, but did not say in which hospital he was being treated, probably as a result of a media frenzy outside Milpark hospital in Johannesburg on the previous occasion.

In 2011, he was in hospital for what the Nelson Mandela Foundation described as "routine checks".

That year, Motlanthe eventually broke the silence on Mandela's condition on January 27, when he said Mandela was being discharged to receive home-based care for a respiratory infection.

Another frenzy followed in December 2011, when eNews, in a review of stories of the year, carried file footage of Mandela being taken to hospital in January 2011.

This triggered a flurry of rumours about the former president's health.

  • mogori.mogashoa - 2012-12-10 10:53

    Good wishes to Tata Madiba, may we avoid turning this event into a political and social bickering event and unite in our prayers for the old man!!

  • msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-10 10:53

    I don't believe a word that comes from "the presidency". Get well soon Tata!!

  • Genko - 2012-12-10 10:56

    Why is Jacob Zuma's spokesperson releasing the official information on Mr Mandela? Surely this is the task only of the Mandela family or the Nelson Mandela Trust/foundation? Or has spindoctor Mac also been appointed as Mandela spokesperson?

      vince.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-12-10 11:58

      Good point Genko. Seems like they are using Mandela's health to keep Zuma's corrupt activities off the front pages of the newspapers!

  • - 2012-12-10 11:00

    He is just flesh n blood like all of us!! Let him goto a local government hospital and get the full experience of the new government and let Zuma go visit him in that dump!! He can't cheat death! He is waisting our tax money!

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-12-10 11:20

      i agree, he is just another terrorist on his deathbed

      comurray - 2012-12-10 11:25

      Government hospitals are only for shack dwellers and the poor. Anybody in government will go to the most expensive medical facility available just like their hotel visits, nothing but the best when tax payers are coughing up.

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-12-10 14:23

      Wow, and there is intolerance in this country because........This man is an icon, he deserves the best medical attention this country has to offer. Grow up man. The rest of the useless government should go to public hospitals.

  • werner.nel.712 - 2012-12-10 11:04

    If only SA was in good hands...

  • jomar.delange - 2012-12-10 11:08

    I really wish there were more South Africans like Madiba.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-12-10 11:10

    Are we really supposed to believe the ANC at any time??????? Mac Maharaj lies like a cheap watch!

  • asdhasgd - 2012-12-10 11:11

    For all you people who dislike the "get well madiba!" comments you have no right to do so!

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-10 12:12

      If I asked for you opinion I would give it to you ok. Now shut up. - 2012-12-10 12:44

      Of course we have a right to say so. Why can't we have an opinion? He may be a great man, but his legacy.... eish the shower-head ....

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-10 11:16

    Overseas newspapers rapport he isn't speaking anymore. Don't know how far this is true.

      wilmaclaudineh - 2012-12-10 11:25

      The Zimbawean news paper says also that he is not speaking anymore

      asdhasgd - 2012-12-10 11:35

      Zimbabwe has a newspaper?

      john.turner.58760608 - 2012-12-10 12:15

      I think the Government owned newspaper in Zimbabwe comes in a roll and the pages are demarcated by a row of perforations. Rather like the ANC manifesto.

  • Danie Gerber - 2012-12-10 11:22

    Why cant the government just tell the truth for once. We all know Mandela is very ill and he probably doesnt have long to live. They probably going to lie about his death as well.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-10 11:27

    Let us try to take these announcements on face value, not that there is a sustainable track record of openness and honesty. But watch carefully who runs for cover with excuses if Mandela's health deteriorates.

  • Buntu Zengetwa - 2012-12-10 12:02

    he is not here to live forever ppl he is gonna die at some point..quickr if Zuma getz 2nd term #heartattck

  • 286ADC8D - 2012-12-10 12:07

    Don't panic at all. Don't realy give a rats a...

  • rendani.demana - 2012-12-10 12:07

    God bless this country

  • jack.sparrowhawk.79 - 2012-12-10 12:13

    Um, at his age I he is living on borrowed time. You'd swear no one is expecting him to die soon...What is it going to be a shock?

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-12-10 14:33

      Just like a beloved parent with terminal cancer, you know they are going to die, but when they do, it still comes as a shock....

  • tsatsi.golden - 2012-12-10 12:13

    Let him rest in peace

  • linda.b.sakati - 2012-12-10 12:14

    He is human and will eventualy die! Let's just be greatful for what he has done for our contry! For those that are still moaning about the past yall need to grow!

      john.turner.58760608 - 2012-12-10 12:17

      I don't think we are still moaning about the past, it is the future we are moaning about.

      286ADC8D - 2012-12-10 12:28

      Hmm................ Nope! Can't think of anything he has done 4 our country!

      linda.b.sakati - 2012-12-10 12:33

      Moaning about the past refering to those that still dwell on racisim, yes its still a wound but yall need to heal! Note that no man is superior be it white, black,green or blue!

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-12-10 14:35

      Couldn't agree more. I am worried about the future though. The quality of leadership in the ANC is at an all time low. Out future is not looking good at the moment.

      linda.b.sakati - 2012-12-10 15:30

      @ justin sly, then let's find a plan to rectfy the mistakes that happened in the past, by voting to be governed by those that have the best intrest for our country,coz this thing of saying if whites ruled then we would be better, of indians or any other race for that matter won't help @ all.

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-12-10 12:25

    Realy? The ANC should panic because they don't have another mascot.

  • olebogeng.diratsagae - 2012-12-10 12:27

    a normal human bng dies.leave himself cos we r all going to.die ao.dont waste energy dat body is too old to.cope

  • charmain.nel.7 - 2012-12-10 12:44

    Who cares about his health NOT ME he took away the death penelty that is why this country is such as stuff up

      dimitripappas - 2012-12-10 13:23

      Wow you're not insensitive to the lives of others at all now, are you?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-12-10 13:00

    Anything that comes out of the presidency is always a smoke screen, so thank you, we dont need you to update us. Get well Madiba, hope the shock of what you have been reading, hearing and witnessing on tv has not caused your stress. It certainly has ours.

  • Teuneman - 2012-12-10 13:08

    You panic if your bus driver is dying. Why would one panic if Nelson is dying?

  • Teuneman - 2012-12-10 13:13

    You panic if your bus driver is dying. Why would one panic if Nelson is dying?

  • hlanganiso.roy - 2012-12-10 13:37

    We wish you well TATA

  • jimbajen.dalton - 2012-12-10 13:39

    Terrorist to an oppressive government, that is justified terrorism, it sickens me that Mr JZ is too soft to these white capitalists, redistribute the land Baba(JZ), show this people u r in charge, they dnt respect u because u sit and do nthn

      286ADC8D - 2012-12-10 14:26

      No we don't. Why don't u do sumthing u igneramous. Let me guess. Ur a vicim of apartheid? Shame u silly sod!

  • hlanganiso.roy - 2012-12-10 13:47

    Five people you will meet in heaven: Mandela, Karl Max, Arafat, Mother Teressa, Dalai Lama and Des Tutu

  • debbie.bathray - 2012-12-10 15:33

    Wow, just can't believe how crass some of you people are. Also can't believe how bad your spelling and vocabulary is. He is an icon who should be loved and cherished no matter what. Yes he is old and his death is to be expected BUT that doesn’t mean that we will not mourn his loss. Respect people respect!!!

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-10 16:57

    Mandela is been looked after by the best of the country but the "the health" of South Africa is another story - NOT HEALTHY GOVERNMENT AND ZUMA SHOULD BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY - HE HAS GONE TO FAR AND THE PEOLE OF SA IS NOT GOING TO TOLARATE IT!! WORST PRESIDENT EVERY !!!!!!

  • zaks2217 - 2012-12-10 17:18

    He did what he had to do to take this country out of the clutches of evil. The ANC has indeed changed from then no doubt. It will be a very sad day when he dies. I hope its not anytime soon. Viva Tata Madiba!

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