No word on Nelson Mandela's condition

2011-01-27 07:12

Johannesburg - As dawn broke over Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Thursday, journalists camping outside the facility had no clue about former president Nelson Mandela's condition.

There was no word from any officials regarding Mandela's health. He was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon for what were described as routine tests.

By the evening, a veil of silence was drawn over his condition. Staff at Milpark Hospital declined to speak to journalists who descended on the premises for news on the elder statesman.

The only formal word on the condition of 92-year-old Mandela remained a short statement issued by the Nelson Mandela Foundation spokesperson Sello Hatang around 16:15.

'No further comment'

It stated: "We can confirm that Mr Mandela is at Milpark hospital undergoing routine tests. He is in no danger and is in good spirits."

Hatang did not answer his cellphone for follow-up questions.

Mandela's daughter Makaziwe from his first wife Evelyn said: "You got the statement? No further comment."

Members of the Mandela family were seen coming and going at the hospital by reporters.

A staffer from the French news agency AFP saw Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, leaving the hospital around 17:30, with four other family members departing shortly after.

Another report said she returned later in the evening.

At a far corner of the hospital, a makeshift barrier of green mesh was erected. Inside the area were VIP cars, presumably belonging to family members.

Journalists moved off bridge

As night fell, journalists, photographers and cameramen lined a nearby bridge outside the hospital that gave them a full view of the barricaded area.

Later in the evening, metro police told them to move off the bridge. Some then took up position in the hospital parking lot.

One of Mandela's grandsons was seen buying magazines and refreshments at the hospital eatery. Ndaba Mandela and his youngest brother were also seen near the barricaded area.

Mandela's long-time aide, Zelda la Grange, flanked by a bodyguard, entered the barricaded area.

Hospital security remained on high alert.

By 22:30, the immediate vicinity of the hospital had grown quiet, including the area around the barricade.

Mandela's "routine tests" came a day after Archbishop Desmond Tutu told Sapa that Mandela was "frail".

"I saw him last week," Tutu said in Cape Town on Tuesday. "He was all right, I mean he's 92, man, you know. And he's frail."

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  • Brownskin - 2011-01-27 07:30

    get well old man....

  • Craigalo - 2011-01-27 07:32

    routine tests???? someting smells fishy

  • SB - 2011-01-27 07:33

    Wishing you all the best Madiba.

  • symbiosis1981 - 2011-01-27 07:33

    the man is old, if he's sick or something why are they hiding it. Why Is the Mandela fund calling the shorts, are they trying to milk more money from the old man. Get Well TATA

      Mike - 2011-01-27 09:26

      If they called the longs we'd all be in trouble!!!

  • Turkey eater - 2011-01-27 07:33

    Nobody lives forever

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-01-27 09:33

      True that, Mandila is like any other human being, he will one day pass-on, i dont understand what the fuss is all about. get well Tata.

  • Beverley - 2011-01-27 07:33

    News24 should not have opened this page for comment! Show some respect people!

      Phadi - 2011-01-27 08:01

      I thank you Bev!

      Mike - 2011-01-27 09:28

      @Phadi - you still haven't changed your mind about the 56 billion people in SA - when I last looked at stats there were over 6 billion people in the whole world - chop!

      Barry - 2011-01-27 09:38

      You are quite right Beverly. Give the family their privacy

  • flarkit - 2011-01-27 07:35

    Get well soon, Madiba. Now if only people would give them some peace and privacy. All the attention just adds stress

  • motilallc - 2011-01-27 07:38

    Mugabe needs to bugger off, not our Tata.

  • Morph - 2011-01-27 07:41

    God bless you Madiba.

  • Black.dude - 2011-01-27 07:41

    Routine tests at night?

      mighty - 2011-01-27 08:52

      Day or night, it doesnt matter its none of your business. they need their privacy so bugger off and leave the old's man family alone its the least we can do for him. PLZ Mzantsi.

      cancer1983 - 2011-01-27 10:06

      I agree they shouldn't hound him, but I think it is our business. Madiba is grandfather to us all and any curiosity we may have is out of concern. I really hope they are just routine tests. Get well soon.

  • spicey - 2011-01-27 07:45

    Get well soon Madiba!

  • Perfume - 2011-01-27 07:52

    He has lived his Bible years 3 scores and 10 and still more years have been added to him, let the Will of God prevail in this situation, God knows the hour and the time, who knows Mr.Mandela might still be a around for sometime :).....get well soon Madiba

  • Zakhele - 2011-01-27 07:54

    I can understand journalists wanting to know because they want to be the first to break the news that will sell their paparazzi should the man bow to the inevitable... But what's this got to do with news24? Damn right there shouldn't be any word on the man's conditions unless his time is up. I suggest news24 stop this story now unless this is a gossip forum then you can continue with the crap on Mandela. The man is sick let us control our egos and emotions and say nothing out of his ilness......

      damascus - 2011-01-27 08:07

      uTata is a public figure, well loved and respected by many individuals across the globe. So as a public figure I'm sure poeple are very worried about his condition and the silence from the Foundation doesnt do anything to help situation. Not reporting on this story would, fundamentally, be the wrong thing to do. wouldnt you want to know the truth about what isreally going on?????

  • chrispfourie - 2011-01-27 07:54

    Wishing you well Madiba

  • kolobe - 2011-01-27 07:55

    there is no routine test and also that from eastern cape wouldnt bother being there...

      Gerhard - 2011-01-27 08:39

      For the first time EVER, I would like to commend you on your comment kolobe. You actually thought and made a reasonable assumption. Well done.

  • vusimenzelwa - 2011-01-27 07:59

    He is strong, and will be back home on his feet soon. Get well soon Madiba!

      Mike - 2011-01-27 09:29

      Assumptions again??

  • Colby - 2011-01-27 08:02

    As far as I can see, the only comments that should be posted here should be words of support and love for probably one of the greatest human being ever to grace our planet, as opposed to pathetic people trying to score points with some ill-worded, insulting political posturing..on both sides. Give it up guys and let his life be a cause for reflection and an example to all, no matter where you come from. And yes, I am white and all I can say is that should Madiba's time be rapidly approaching, I for one will mourn his passing with sadness because of what he brought to our country and our world, not because of what it may bring for the future, because we are ll part of the future, and it is up to us how that unfolds. Respect boys and girls, respect

      Allizania - 2011-01-27 09:02

      Well said Colby...

  • Sally - 2011-01-27 08:04

    It was a pleasure working for you all those years ago. The staff at Milpark hospital are great. Hope you feel better soon.

  • slimkoos - 2011-01-27 08:04

    God Bless you Nelson!! You are a great man !!

  • Letlhogonolo Nolo - 2011-01-27 08:08

    get well tata

  • Enuff - 2011-01-27 08:08

    If someone close to me is spending the night in hospital I visit - no matter how "trivial" the reasons for the stay may be. So no surprise that his family is coming and going. If he was gravely ill surely Graca would not have left his side for a minute. If this is "the hour" surely Madiba and his family should be given the space and respect to go through what they must. As with us all your day will come Madiba. May that day be peaceful and bathed with love.

      spicey - 2011-01-27 13:32

      I totally agree!!!

  • johnstonel32 - 2011-01-27 08:12

    Rest up, gain strength and get well - you made this world a better place Mr Mandela - we've not had enough of you yet ..... God bless

      halfblueape - 2011-01-27 08:16

      Well said! All of South Africa needs the one of a kind Nelson Mandela.

  • Letlhogonolo Nolo - 2011-01-27 08:12

    get well Madiba...SA LOVES U

  • Adrian - 2011-01-27 08:26

    This is our Madiba. Please people, stop trying to score points off each other with smartass comments. Lets all unite in support and prayer for a truly great human being and his family.

  • Jelicoe - 2011-01-27 08:34

    Looks like Madiba fought in vain - your'e all still acting like a bunch of monkeys - black and white comments included! The man is sice - have some respect!

  • sonofagun - 2011-01-27 08:37

    Mankind walks in the shadow of this GIANT. He is a humble mentor of respect, courage, pride and wisdom, deserving to be knighted, sired and crowned by kings! VIVA Sir. You are the ROCK...the Foundation to which our delicate existence is clinging. We are the frail ones. GOD help us ALL in remembering and respecting this KING of our era, as in his passing, our memory of his SPIRIT will be all that may keep our existence a civilized one. If this is your time to go, great one, know that for every million hands that are holding on to you this side...there are 100 million hands expecting/grasping and accepting you on the other side. GO IN PEACE, MADIBA!!

  • Mandy - 2011-01-27 08:43

    Death is part of life. Please do not make a circus out of a normal situation just because Mr Mandela is a promenent figure. Keep the nation informed and let them pray and be attentive till the end when they will need to mourn as for a father.

  • D_flat - 2011-01-27 08:59

    To all you racist pigs, if Madiba was a terrorist see where that brought us today. Certain White groups who I believe are the minority and feel threatened by us were also terrorist killing innocent people torturing people and destroying the moral and culture of our society. Why aren't you racist pigs commenting on that? A country embedded with hurt and anger, here comes a man who served his time for his alleged wrongs, turns the country around and forgives the white suppressors’ and sits with them around one table and shares a meal with them. What kind of man can do such a thing? If you consider yourself as a racist, it only means that you feel inferior and have the urge to make other people feel inferior so that you can feel superior. You just a waste of time and energy, please go and see a counsellor for your inferiority complex. Madiba is and will always be a GREAT MAN. I respect him, you need to do the same. Imagine we were still living under the apartheid regime? What would we have done now? called some baas en Ja Menner. I am free and will never call someone Baas or Ja menner I am superior. If you white, black, green, yellow it does not matter we are human first.

  • themantshepo - 2011-01-27 08:59

    c'mon guys what the hell... Madiba is fine man he is 92 years old give the man a break..... You people are like flies hovering over a dead carcass stop it now....

  • SumDumBum - 2011-01-27 09:11

    Damn, I'm lovin' these haters, yo! First time ever I got it from all sides like this, now I undertand why people post comments aimed at inciting others, the massive attention is a headrush! That said, fair enough, my father was not a Mandela, he was just a regular chap and no one took pictures of us as we went to visit him. So I stand corrected. If you are in any way related to him, you get to receive special treatment. Got it, filed away, will use for future reference.

  • Lezhanne - 2011-01-27 09:12

    No matter what race we are, we should feel very privileged and honoured to have such a great man such as Madiba in our country. He has kept a lot of things from falling apart. He has done a lot of good for his nation and what we can do for him is pray for a speedy recovery. He will always remain a Legend in our world.

  • Michael - 2011-01-27 09:18

    Guys you know what we are going on about the Anc and the blacks and baboons, but look @ how we are talking towards them no wonder they act this way. I love my country and mr Mandela brought alot of good to our nation, we as our own induviduals can"t blame one man or ane race for murder corruption and crime. It is you and only alone that decide what will happen in the future, not the ANC or the DA oe whoever. I'm white and proud of it and I vote for no party neighther do i support one. Thank you mnr Mandela for your contribution to our country and you will get better.

  • bef0ktebl0nd - 2011-01-27 09:28

    get well soon... what a great man.

  • Cheslyn - 2011-01-27 09:37

    cant someone just say whats happening or do they want the world to come to a standstill of worrying?

  • Bosj - 2011-01-27 09:40

    Great Man. May GOD Bless you all the time. Get well soon.

  • Makgoana - 2011-01-27 10:07

    get well Tata, you are in our prayers

  • Ares - 2011-01-27 10:17

    So what?

      Piet - 2011-01-27 18:23

      Yes Ares, so what. This bugger was a terrorist and responsible for the death of a lot of innocent people, but just because the world tagged him as some or other saint everybody jumps on the band wagon; just as they did with lady Di. Totally blown out of context. So little people has the ability to think for themselves, just go with the flow. Ask the people commenting here what they know about Mandela and the atrocities which was committed in the name of liberation, they won't be able of much. Maybe some of them will be able to spell his name.

  • carla.viegas - 2011-01-27 23:24

    I have only this to say, Mr N Mandela is 92 years old has lived a harsh and also at the same time a wonderful life after he succeeded in becoming our President in 1994. Madiba has lived a fruitful life. He is a great man, achieved many things that many dream of! ONLY GOD Knows when it's his time until then I wish him all the best and the immediate family, hoping he makes it through in this time of need! My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family God Bless!

  • Rebecca Dorasamy - 2013-06-12 05:34

    Da reporters shud jst stay away nd allow da immediate fam 2 spend quality tym wid our baba!Respect der privacy!...Get well soon baba Madiba,let Gods will b done!

  • Rebecca Dorasamy - 2013-06-12 05:36

    We love u baba!

  • Lionel De Frontignac - 2013-06-12 05:41

    If one thing can be learnt from him, it is this: do not take anything for granted: 50 years ago he and others were arrested, but they never gave up. Now it is time.

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