Presidency: Mandela's condition unchanged

2013-07-04 13:56

Pretoria - Former president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition, said the presidency on Wednesday.

This follows a visit by President Jacob Zuma to Mandela in the Pretoria hospital where he is being treated.

Zuma was seen leaving the hospital in a “huge cavalcade” early on Wednesday afternoon.

“We appreciate all the love and compassion. Madiba is receiving the best medical care from a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals who are at his bedside around the clock,” said President Zuma.

Zuma alsocalled on South Africans to volunteer 67 minutes of their time on Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July.

This year’s event will take place under the theme of “Take action; inspire change; make every day a Mandela Day” with a focus on food security, shelter and literacy.

Mandela has been in hospital since 8 June.

  • Sandra Rennie - 2013-07-04 14:07

    I don't believe a word the Presidency or the Media spews !

      Sello Molekwa - 2013-07-04 14:28

      Which means?

      procold2 - 2013-07-04 14:49

      Which means, and i hope to god i am wrong, they are keeping madiba alive on machines, after watching carte blanche on sunday some doctor said they have kept a person alive for 18 months, i personally dont think he his responding and is in an induced coma and if switched off he would die in a few hours, like i said i hope i am wrong but they are keeping him around for some selfish reason and if i was gracia i would refuse it and let the old man die in peice he has sacrificed enough for this country, and if iam right i think it is selfish and immoral and i hope those that a guilty will lie and suffer on their death bed as long as madiba has had to. god speed madiba and i hope your name and legacy are not ruin by your selfish family that is already trying to make a buck out of the situation.

      Liana Loots - 2013-07-04 16:54

      It is his birthday 18 July....

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-07-04 18:41

      Yes, we now know its been "unchanged" since 26th June. All the lies about him 'improving' shame on you, Zuma, Presidency, ANC and Mandela family.

  • Tumi Moetlo - 2013-07-04 14:15

    Why cann't someone update us about Tata's condition and let Mr President focus on the challenges facing the country.Long live Tata Madiba

  • DumAss Blackie - 2013-07-04 14:17

    "... with a focus on food security, shelter and literacy" None of which the ANC clowns are able to deliver..!! Hahahaha!! Is this joke??

  • Mashudu Matamela - 2013-07-04 14:20

    Nkandla security and shelter

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  • Sergio Oneness Pentecostal Williams - 2013-07-04 14:25

    I'm getting tired of these games they are playing, Mandela is kept alive by machines, those machines will keep him stable as long as the family allows it, this is true, I feel for Mandela!

      Sergio Oneness Pentecostal Williams - 2013-07-04 14:34

      did I say something wrong?

      Stevee420 - 2013-07-04 14:44

      I agree, I also think he is being kept alive with machines.....

  • Kwena Molekoa - 2013-07-04 14:28

    A 94 year old on a lifesupport machine to recover ? Hopeless Banana republic statements of lies . We are not all that stupid like those who still believe in your rubbish lies . Let NBC give us true update since you can't .

  • Quota Domino - 2013-07-04 14:29

    who is this Mandela guy

      Kwena Molekoa - 2013-07-04 14:33

      Some good old man who's suffering has been turned into a pawn by his heartless family and selfish politicians !

  • Jaco van Niekerk - 2013-07-04 14:29

    If Zuma says 'Inspire change' it means problems. That doesn't hold in anything good for this country's existance.

  • Jakes Greyling - 2013-07-04 14:31

    It's very clear he is on life support and being kept on life support for a reason. That's how a person stays critical but stable for this long.

      Enerst Maps - 2013-07-06 22:09

      so how long we must keep the pain. it is total wrong to the majority. they must hide if they want to do all those things.

  • Mahlatse Patience - 2013-07-04 14:34

    No man,why can't they tell us something new?same phrase since old man hospitalised!''critical but stable''.why can't they tell us they waiting to announce it on the 18th?because we all know that Tata's death day is going to be a holiday.

      Kwena Molekoa - 2013-07-04 15:01

      Ba re tlwaela maswe batho ba Zuma nou ! How can they do this to him and the nation ? And his family seems to be playing along .

  • Eugene Muller - 2013-07-04 14:35

    don't forget the tuck shop for food...

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-04 14:39

    Zuma stop wasting time start doing your job stop visiting are you on bloody holiday or what. Bloody gravy train idiots

  • Bianca-Anne P. Moll - 2013-07-04 14:41

    We love you Tata Madiba. You are constant in my prayers and in my thoughts. Every minute of every day I do think about you. We love you.

  • Phuti Emmanuel - 2013-07-04 14:48

    we just hope He will be better as soon and may God bless Him and heal him in the name of Jesus

  • israel.ntlatleng - 2013-07-04 14:48

    Mr. Editor please there is nothing new on this article. May you and your staff get real new updates

  • Michael Peters - 2013-07-04 14:52

    Not a word I believe. It sounds like a stuck record. How long must he be subjected to this life support system? Inhuman, that's all it is.

  • Danie Van Rensburg - 2013-07-04 14:59

    His condition is unchanged, and it will remain so untill Mandla finishes all his tourist attractions, after which they will shut down life support...

  • Nettie Potgieter - 2013-07-04 15:01

    Now we have wait un till after his birthday, then they will turn off the live support.

  • Gordon Sims - 2013-07-04 15:20

    "Zuma also called on South Africans to volunteer 67 minutes of their time on Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July." ........... And WHAT are YOU and your cronies going to be doing for your 67 minutes "Mr" Prsident ???????

  • Nolan Krombein - 2013-07-04 15:23

    A machine is keeping him alive. Of course his condition is stable. Now if only a machine were running the country instead of you...

  • Mulatedzi Madiba - 2013-07-04 15:26

    don't worry mandela 4 ur condition u will go 2 be okay only God how knows ur condition, i love u tooo, God bless you TATA.

  • Chrystal Thomas - 2013-07-04 15:28

    Love and Prayers for Madiba

  • Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-07-04 15:28

    i think zuma sould shut his mouth .everytime he opens it he makes himself a fool .talking about poverty when he used tax payers money to biuld a villa at nkandla fr R206m .SICK!

  • Chrystal Thomas - 2013-07-04 15:31

    Love and Prayers for Madiba and his Family

  • Christina Setloboko - 2013-07-04 15:56

    Madiba, you have done your part, you are the most unselfish person i have ever known. and on the other side your family are destroying all that you have built, what a shame - wonder who they take from, but you still my hero nevertheless. and i so pray that you may recover and that GOD may give you strength that you may come back home and sort out this nonsense that is happening.

  • Donovan Luphahla - 2013-07-04 16:05

    what good is it to keep a man alive on machines? sies these people so called professional docters disgust me if it was just an ordinary black guy he would have buried him already and even forgoten about him..just let the Old Man Rest, Death is a part of our lives, you can never control nature unless you are a God. Let Madiba be free...

  • Desmond Drake - 2013-07-04 16:22

    Unchanged? Deceased cannot change. How come the family no longer goes to the hospital to visit.

  • Flynn Govender - 2013-07-04 16:23

    Mandela is on the life support machine, one will only see a change in him in about 2 or 3 months time

  • Rob Tubbs - 2013-07-04 17:16

    Listen to 'Graca' The 'Lady' is probably the only one telling the truth about the condition of MADIBA....

  • Yvonne Homan - 2013-07-04 19:04

    Really confused and I quote "This follows a visit by President Jacob Zuma to Mandela in the Pretoria hospital where he is being treated", 2nd paragraph from the top. Since when is Mandela in Pretoria? Is there something that I have missed - lol. Zuma pse just shut up you liar.I think Nelson is still alive albeit on life support so that the family can celebrate his 95th birthday and then switch the machines off. That way they can say he was 95yrs old and sadly passed away on his birthday.

  • Yvonne Homan - 2013-07-04 19:08

    And I quote from the above - 3rd paragraph "Zuma was seen leaving the hospital in a “huge cavalcade” early on Wednesday afternoon. Pretoria hospital? or is this just bad media news?

  • Frederick Senzo Phadime - 2013-07-12 15:15

    gabotse he is dead

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