Traffic restricted near Mandela hospital

2013-06-26 13:27

Pretoria - Tshwane metro police restricted the traffic flow on Wednesday in the streets near the Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is still in a critical condition.

Security was also increased at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital.

Police manning the hospital's entrances used mirrors to inspect the undersides of cars entering the premises.

Earlier, Dr Vejay Ramlakan arrived at the hospital. He is the country's former surgeon general. He stepped down earlier this year.

His car was not searched by police and security guards when he arrived at the hospital.

Police started searching vehicles entering the facility at about 05:00.

Mandela was admitted on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

Local residents asked about the health of the former statesman while walking past the hospital on Wednesday.

Well-wishers have transformed the wall outside the hospital into a miniature art gallery with presents, get-well cards, balloons, and floral tributes in support of Mandela.

The presidency said on Tuesday that the anti-apartheid icon remained in a critical condition.

"[Mandela's] condition remains unchanged in hospital, and doctors continue to do their best to ensure his recovery, well-being, and comfort," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

  • PapGooi Fishing - 2013-06-26 13:35

    Be well TATA, be well....

  • Brenda Pretorius - 2013-06-26 13:37

    Aijaijai! No Comment!

      Domkrag - 2013-06-26 14:02

      ...woof woof!No Comment!

  • Arlene Prince - 2013-06-26 13:39

    “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” ? Nelson Mandela Farewell Tata, you will remain in our hearts forever.

  • Twerk French Twerk - 2013-06-26 13:41

    Boooooooriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinggg , give us something worth reading news24

      Malick Mahmood Jagne - 2013-06-26 14:15

      No need for me to add a comment to your gesture. You are one hell of a low IQ'ed ape.

  • Sechaba Virgil Ndlovu - 2013-06-26 13:43

    What procedure are they using in determining which car to check.

      Chreamz George - 2013-06-26 14:37

      Right of Admission Reserved. Only Blue Light Convoy Allowed.

  • Abigail Ruth Maraba - 2013-06-26 13:49

    When god has not said enough is enough for UTata no man will,fellow SA. Mandela's life will be determined by the Almighty....I just wish him. A speedy recovery

  • Michael Young - 2013-06-26 13:55

    Looks to me as though they're already preparing. If Madiba is on life support machines and the family has been given the option of turning the machines off as News24 reported in a previous article, then it can't be any clearer than this. Madiba is finally going home to rest very soon.

  • Garth Labuschagne - 2013-06-26 13:59

    How long before the presents are stolen from the hospital wall?

  • Michael Young - 2013-06-26 14:08

    "[Mandela's] condition remains unchanged in hospital, and doctors continue to do their best to ensure his recovery, well-being, and comfort," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement. - Madiba is on life support according to reports. As far as I know, when you're on life support your chances of survival and recovery are next to nothing. Now take the fact that Madiba is 3 weeks away from turning 95, his kidneys are at 50% functionality, has an ongoing lung infection and is surrounded by cardiac and renal specialists. Realistically now, how can Mac Maharaj say that doctors are doing the best to ensure his recovery? Being on life support basically means that you're no longer able to breathe on your own and now require a machine to act as your lungs. Come on, let him leave with dignity.

  • Wart Mapopa - 2013-06-26 14:09

    I cnt drive out my car frm the hospital coz of the traffic iz too-much

  • Gerrit Bezuidenhout - 2013-06-26 14:22

    A huge cavalcade just past our offices on the N1, all on and offramps were closed off, never seen something like this before ........

      Tommy Henn - 2013-06-26 15:05

      Pres. Obama arrived a short while back. That was his Motorcade.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-26 14:31

    The picture of those little ones singing their hearts out is very touching.

  • Rashida Patel - 2013-06-26 14:33

    Why don't our government inform us as to what is really happening with the world's most loved leader?! Is anc keeping madiba alive on machines for selfish reasons ?

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2013-06-26 14:37

    aish! let the man rest pleassssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Theresa Mudau - 2013-06-26 15:18


  • Leatitia Ferreira - 2013-06-26 16:28

    Those security guards can be glad I have no one lying in that hospital, because I will as sure as hell not let them search my car or me like a criminal for a criminal who is NOTHING in this country anymore except a memory! Serious, this is bull s***. There are real criminals out there where the police should be, but no, lets waste our time here. It is ridiculous!!!!!

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