Obama not scheduled to visit Mandela

2013-06-25 14:39

Pretoria - US President Barack Obama's South African schedule does not include a visit to former president Nelson Mandela.

He would take part in bilateral talks, preside over a Young African Leaders initiative meeting, and visit Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned, according to an outline of his planned activities released by the international relations department on Tuesday.

He would also visit various sites in Cape Town, and deliver an address at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

"President Obama would have loved to see Madiba," International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters in Pretoria.

"In my country, at my age and your age, when people are ill-disposed, we try to give them space to recover," she said of Mandela, who is in a critical condition in the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

If Obama had the time, he might visit Nelson Mandela Foundation representatives, said Nkoana-Mashabane.

She said life could not stop because Mandela was sick.

"He would be very disappointed if he hears that life has stopped in South Africa [because he is ill]."

She said Mandela was a fighter and everyone continued to pray for him and wish him well.

  • Pule Martins - 2013-06-25 14:53

    the great man deserve some rest and privacy......

      Jimmy Don - 2013-06-25 17:04

      @ Abram, what the hell are you saying???

  • Bongani Dlamini - 2013-06-25 14:53

    Ya wena, this american imperialists must stay away from our madiba. Let him rest!

      Heidie van Dyk - 2013-06-25 14:56


      Phillip J Fry - 2013-06-25 15:08

      Thank you "imperialists" for the internet ne!

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-06-25 15:21

      Yes I bet you would welcome Qadaffi or Fidel Castro with open arms hey. Go figure....

      Phillip J Fry - 2013-06-25 15:42

      Bongani wants a smoke signal

      Musawashe Moyo - 2013-06-25 15:53

      Obama is Kenyan

  • Israel Levi - 2013-06-25 15:04

    Wots mre important mr barack mampara. U cant see a man of peace because you full of war mongering

  • Janti Cloete - 2013-06-25 15:36

    It always amuses me how all Africans is against America. But when America have one green card to offer everybody will kill for it.....

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2013-06-25 15:52

      Not this African, and others that I know

      Carlton - 2013-06-25 16:21

      You are stupid because you generalise.

  • Gideon Viljoen - 2013-06-25 15:57

    Good Obama is visiting Cape Town and not GP/JHB, when you get visitors they must visit in the cleanest pard of your house and not the kitchen. Thank you DA for keeping your house clean

  • Lorraine Smith - 2013-06-25 16:29


  • Helen Magoele - 2013-06-25 16:59

    Ppl I want u to open ur eyes,Obama's visit is to fulfil the scripture written in Revalation 13.aftes his visit we'll all knw the meaning of the beast

      Janti Cloete - 2013-06-25 17:20


      Emile Plaatjies - 2013-06-25 18:46

      Did you say the same when Bill Clinton was here. He of no moral integrity

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-25 17:04

    In my culture and country, at my age and your age, when people are ill-disposed, we try to give them space to recover," she said of Mandela, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters in Pretoria. You could have fooled me - everyone and his/her mother has been to visit!

  • Alix Venter - 2013-06-25 18:19

    I doubt Mr Mandela would want to meet with Obama, he is after all ill and family is all he needs Im sure.

  • Solly Wadia - 2013-06-26 16:25

    comment on DISQUS : 'good riddance , this man called israel apartheid state ' [referring to mandela] how cruel !!!

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