Tight security at Mandela's hospital

2012-12-11 09:40

Pretoria - Eight soldiers were screening vehicles entering 1 Military Hospital, on the outskirts of Pretoria, on Tuesday morning after a fourth night spent there by former president Nelson Mandela.

Military police stopped and inspected numerous cars at the hospital's entrance, before allowing them onto the premises.

Vehicles belonging to news crews, including an outside broadcast vehicle, were turned back at the entrance.

Mandela ‘doing very well’

Several journalists milled outside, metres away from the security checkpoint.

On Monday, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said Mandela was "doing very, very well" while undergoing unspecified medical tests at the military hospital.

She offered the first government confirmation that Mandela, 94, was at the hospital. He has received military medical care since 2011.

The office of President Jacob Zuma also confirmed on Monday that Mandela was fine, but did not offer further details.

"Mandela had a good night's rest," presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in that statement. "The doctors will still conduct further tests today. He is in good hands," he said.

On Saturday, Zuma's office announced that Mandela had been admitted to a hospital in Pretoria for medical tests and care that was "consistent for his age."

Many health problems

Zuma visited Mandela on Sunday morning and found him to be "comfortable and in good care".

In February, Mandela spent a night in a hospital for a minor diagnostic surgery to determine the cause of an abdominal complaint.

In January 2011, Mandela was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital for what officials initially described as tests, but what turned out to be an acute respiratory infection.

Mandela has had other health problems. He contracted tuberculosis during his years in prison and had surgery for an enlarged prostate gland in 1985.

In 2001, Mandela underwent seven weeks of radiation therapy for prostate cancer, ultimately beating the disease.

Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for fighting racist white rule, became South Africa's first black president in 1994 and served one five-year term.

The Nobel laureate later retired from public life to live in the remote village of Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, and last made a public appearance when the country hosted the World Cup soccer tournament in 2010.

He has grown increasingly frail in recent years.

  • makenawn - 2012-12-11 09:43

    "...Zuma visited Mandela on Sunday morning and found him to be "comfortable and in good care"..." I'm sorry i do not trust Zuma i need second opinion please

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-11 12:52

      @ Makenawn So a second opinon from Mac will do?? Some how it wont be enough..

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-11 14:50

      Alicia Zuma also proclaims to be a Christian. That doesn't mean much

      trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-12-11 16:56

      He says he is a christian, but what he really means he not a Muslim see. If you proclaim to be a Christian, you won't steal, lie, cheat, have a new wife every year, you must abide with the ten commandments, and the bible. Give to Cesar what belongs to Cesar, you have to respect the laws of your country you must set an example. A offense without a penalty is not a law, its a joke. So how can you trust someone that has broken the law many times and still think he is entitled to break them.

      liana.loots - 2012-12-11 18:44

      Cool it Alicia, save the preaching. There are many thieves and liars who are christians.

      dmitri.dumas.9 - 2012-12-11 18:52

      @alicia ... Nelson Mandela proclaimed himself a Christian. So did Obama ! Now I wait for the thumbs down (or the mods to delete this post)

      Paul Jones - 2013-06-13 23:05

      My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do,

  • hayley.fredericks.9 - 2012-12-11 09:56

    Whilst I have alot of respect for Madiba, I just cannot fathom why an army of soliders are available to man a hospital entrance but cannot be utilised to man the farms that seem to be under attack?

      gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-12-11 09:59

      There is actually a very simple explanation. At the hospital, they sit around all day picking their noses, on a farm, they might have to walk around a bit. Walking or any physical exercise is not in their job description.

      en.gineer.359 - 2012-12-11 10:02

      It's 1 Military Hospital....there are soldiers there all the time

      gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-12-11 10:09

      That's correct, they are there all the time. They are all queuing to see the doctor to get a sick note.

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-11 10:42

      I'm not sure that there are actually soldiers there all the time. From reports being posted on this very web site it would appear that soldiers have been abandoning posts with gay abandon. They have posted soldiers on duty in order for Mandela to keep an eye on them and make sure they stay at work.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-11 10:52

      Gerhard, be careful not to use your behind to think. Otherwise sheety ideas are guaranteed to come out. Hayley I agree. At least two well armed bodyguards would do

      channing.froom - 2012-12-11 11:00

      using military for tight security means the are trying to hide something .... alot of people believe that the day mandela dies in the beginning of the end for south africa .. its in the governments best interest to keep things as quiet as possible because when mandela dies this country will stand still . interested to see how this plays out. but u can be sure of 1 thing. the security is to hide the truth. mandela is not doing well ........

      catie.door - 2012-12-11 18:40

      Why all the "security" in the first place? The army doesn't know how to "secure" their own bloody jobs! (Bunch of clowns) I don't think anyone is going to sneak in there and cut his throat. Leave him alone, he's gonna die someday - so give him space.

  • gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-12-11 09:57

    Well security cannot be that tight, Zuma managed to get in.

      dmitri.dumas.9 - 2012-12-11 18:54

      Gerhard - now that was sharp. Brilliant !!!!!!!!!!1

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-12-11 09:58

    I swear that N24 is like a broken record with the copy and paste effect from one article to the next, just to try and give some body to a clip. For pete's sake people! If you don't know what to say, just give the bottom line. That is also acceptable.

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-11 10:43

      Just read the 1st 5 line of the article. The rest has been repeated countless number of times.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-12-11 10:00

    Zuma "Hello tata" Mandela "Why...are you destroying my ANC...?" Zuma "Money" Mandela "izinyoga! izinyoga! izinyoga! izinyoga! !!"

  • Tania Snyman - 2012-12-11 10:01

    The majority of this article is yesterday's news....

      Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-12-11 15:17

      Tania, It is yesterday news. It has been published by the guys camping at the gate to justify their presence there. They must as well come and mow my lawn.

  • nhlapop - 2012-12-11 10:02

    Wish him a speedy recovery.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-12-11 10:20

    There only people who are concerned about the status of Madiba’s health are those coming from the paler section of our society. This is due to the paranoia that he is still the glue that is keeping us from baying for their blood. Well! I have news for you all and that is the majority of our people couldn’t be bothered by the news of a sick old man, who has way passed his sell-by-date!. There are more pressing issues that are preoccupying our minds. Like the total overhaul of our constitution that includes crapping of Section 25 of the private property clause and issues of economic emancipation in our lifetime!

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-11 10:35

      The sangoma from Nkandla's bones have spoken!

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-12-11 11:02

      Aluta Continua, Cde Phumi.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-11 13:20

      As a "pale" member of society I can tell you that I don't give a damn either about a sick old man who has passed his sell by date. But I can tell you this, whoever tries to confiscate my property will be introduced to the business end of my rifle

      jairaj.sureschandra - 2012-12-11 17:30

      The content of your comment reflects deep hatred for another race or perhaps races. You have heard of countries like Zimbabwe where the power of international sanctions has crippled that country. Don't throw boomerangs if you can't catch it, which appears to be the case. It appears to me that you are another Malema, who presently is the punch line for all jokes. Perhaps your destiny as well ......

      george.pito - 2012-12-11 18:44

      You know phumi you are actually honest. You actually justified why apartheid ever existed. You in youre response confrimed what as you call it preoccupy youre mind. This all by itself is proof enough that Madiba was not even in control if there is people like you. I dont where this is going to get you probably 50 years back. Anyway you in fact all you said was that Verwoerd was right all the time.

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2012-12-11 10:36

    All I can say leave the TaTa alone now man if you were his age would you like it if people were bothering you all he really needs is his close family to be around him not the media.

      sandi.mblashwa - 2012-12-11 11:11

      let's hope our icon is gonna be fine eventually.

  • ashley.stroebel - 2012-12-11 10:43

    Soldiers......??But why...what they gonna do to him?? Assasinate him?? But why?? what are they going to do to a 94 year old man?Seriously?? Soldiers put them in the cape where children are being shot by gangsters...........

      Barefoot - 2012-12-11 10:52

      1mil is a military hospital

      ashley.stroebel - 2012-12-11 12:17

      Ya Military Hospital..................We know. Do they inspect every car every day of the week?

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-12-11 10:46

    "he spent 27 years in prison for fighting racist white rule". Now we are fighting racist black rule. Apartheid now is worse than under the whites. If a black person qualified and could pay to become a lawyer or a doctor under Apartheid, he was permitted to enrol and he underwent first class training. Mandela is one example. In the new SA, white students with many distinctions are prohibited from becoming doctors but blacks who just past matric are admitted. Mandela has not once opened his mouth about this. What racism!

      azukani - 2012-12-11 11:11

      WOW...I did not know that white students with many distinctions are prohibited from becoming doctors. When did this start?

      bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-12-11 11:13

      Why must Mandela comment about this? He is a retired old man. Rather hold subsequent regimes responsible. SA was a great place to be in when Mandela was president.

      beki.khumalo - 2012-12-11 11:53

      Such a victim!!!

      brasteve.myaluze - 2012-12-11 12:56

      There's no reason why Mandela should comment. With regards to our healthcare system here's an issue. While some white students with many distinctions are not permitted to enter universities, RSA has 1 doctor for every 2737. This figure is actually higher if you take into account the fact that some of them are out of the country. Austria has 1 doctor for every 200 people, just to give a context(check the latest Finweek for the full story). So students who are willing to close the gap are restricted because the present government has not built extra universities. What's worse is that I also read a few months ago that some 80 odd recently qualified doctors in Limpopo are unemployed because there is no money to pay them.they can't go anywhere because the Limpopo govt paid for their education. Just how messed up can it get.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-11 14:11

      "Black rule" when you have Kortbroek, Derek Hanekom, Ben Turok, Troy Martens, Andries Nel, Johnny de Lange, Pat Davies and many more high ranking whites in the ANC-led government? We have many powerful Indian and Coloured Ministers, but all you are obsessed with wearing your racist glasses are blacks. Are you sniffing glue?

  • tania.ludick - 2012-12-11 11:11

    Awesome, at least someone is getting treatment in 1 Military hospital because the ppl who goes there for treatment sure as hell don't. So only when you almost holy do you get treated. Doctors are being flown in from all over. Wonder why they not using Steve Biko, lots of doctors there too.....

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-11 16:49

      @kesong and your point is?

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-12-11 11:15

    @Michael Jackwood-Ok I will sir now go on you have yourself a nice day.

  • teboho.martin.3 - 2012-12-11 11:25

    Why ! Soldiers ,why too much security what is that our Gorvenment is hiding from us, due to Mandelas health condition. We will wait and see.I geuss the pot is boiling.

  • tania.ludick - 2012-12-11 11:52

    Kensong my point is that if Steve Biko is good enough for normal SA Citizens it should be good enough for his holiness too

  • brasteve.myaluze - 2012-12-11 12:43

    Mandela's hospital? And I was bashing Zuma for Nkandlaville.

  • magogodale.mulalo1 - 2012-12-11 13:02

    Who cn kill Mandela????????

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-11 14:59

      Who can kill you?

  • Azwihangwisi - 2012-12-11 23:31

    most people here in news 24 R Racists so africa belongs to african. So if your forefathers came here by ship and took what belongs to us before because they were lucky now u R wrong leave mandela alone. Don push me to bcum a Racist!!!

  • Azwihangwisi - 2012-12-11 23:37

    moenie praat k*k just say dankie cos he is not like mugabe who took everything from whites u R still rich from something which doesnt belong to u. Gatvol!

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