Winnie arrives at Mandela hospital

2013-06-24 16:08

Pretoria - Former president Nelson Mandela's relatives visited him at the Pretoria Hospital where he remained in a critical condition on Monday afternoon.

His ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and daughter Zindzi Mandela drove onto the premises of the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in a gold-coloured BMW fitted with blue police lights.

Another daughter, Zenani Mandela, arrived earlier in a black Mercedes-Benz.

Local and international journalists remained outside the hospital.

It was speculated that President Jacob Zuma would soon pay another visit.

Earlier in the day, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and UDM leader Bantu Holomisa arrived separately at the hospital.

"The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement on Sunday night.

Addressing the media in a briefing initially scheduled as an off-the-record editors' briefing on Monday, Zuma said Mandela’s condition had not changed.

"Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital and doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well-being and comfort," Zuma said in Johannesburg.

He and deputy ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa visited Mandela at the hospital on Sunday night.

"... I was told by the doctors, that Madiba's health had changed in the past 24-hours and he was now critical," Zuma said.

"We had a discussion with the doctors and his [Mandela's] wife, Graça Machel... and then we left."

No further details

Zuma said he was not in a position to give further details.

Answering reporters' questions, Zuma said Mandela's condition would not affect US President Barack Obama's planned visit to South Africa on Friday.

"If there was such a visit... and somebody fell sick, I don't think we would stop the visit.... So we [are] not going to stop because Madiba is sick," Zuma said.

In reply to a question about Mandela's condition, Zuma reiterated: "I am not a doctor... When a person is critical, he is critical... I am not in a position to say how critical..."

Mandela, 94, was admitted to hospital on 8 June for treatment of a recurring lung infection.

  • Simon Ramapuputla - 2013-06-24 16:12

    Please get well soon President Mandela, your work in the ANC is not finished. The spirit of Oliver Tambo, Chris Hani, Walter Sisulu will rejoice to see you campaigning in 2014, while the DA, Agang, IFP and etc will wish that your name was called. Long Live the President of the ANC Long Live.

      Mualusi Avhashoni Dokotela - 2013-06-24 16:15

      Be realistic boss........

      Hendrik de Villiers - 2013-06-24 16:19

      Hell Simon, you can write crap!

      Louise-Roger Higham - 2013-06-24 16:21

      Wtf are you on about moron

      Mualusi Avhashoni Dokotela - 2013-06-24 16:24

      You are too lazy to continue where he ended...., poor soul

      Itumeleng Thoko - 2013-06-24 16:28


      Simon Ramapuputla - 2013-06-24 16:29

      To all who thumbs me down, diffinately you do not know Mandela. I think you know the Mandela who was created by the DA. I am talking about Mandela the ex-officio of the ANC. He campaign for the ANC in the previous election and he will campaign for the ANC in 2014 if God is willing.

      Don Master - 2013-06-24 16:33

      Get real chief, only one person can live forever, and that is the Highlander, Duncan McCloud.

      Rianette Kemp - 2013-06-24 16:44

      LOLOLOL thanks for the laugh.....give my regards to the other people in the loony bin at supper time or do you dine alone?

      Derek Bekker - 2013-06-24 16:50

      What a chop!

      Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-06-24 16:57

      Whatever you are on seem strong, maybe doctors should recommend it for Zuma to jump start his brain to start thinking.......

      Sean Bagley - 2013-06-24 17:03

      And then the witch came flying in on a broomstick,better known to most South Africans as Winnie Mandela.

      ARTFUL DODGER. - 2013-06-24 17:23

      Simon, you nitwit!!!!!...

      Mfaniseni Thusi - 2013-06-24 18:34

      South Africans I beg you for a change to separate kindness, respect and Ubuntu from politics, why write all these comments in the name of Madiba? What has happened to you people this is an Icon give him all the respect he deserves and use another platform for battles?

      Mejully Msebele - 2013-06-24 18:41

      Simon please stop living in denial .Its not easy but with time u will have to accept that uTata is in pain and he will leave us soon .

      Bolawana Carol Masao - 2013-06-24 19:06

      LMAO hahahahaha yoh dead by Simon's comment yerr...Simon are you for real..haai but that was a good laugh I had...nogal campaign for 2014 shuu

  • Hendrik Pienaar - 2013-06-24 16:13

    She should be in prison rather.

      Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-06-24 16:59

      It's free to comment anyway, why not write bul,!.t.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-06-24 17:04

      Alpheus - one name - Stompie.

  • Baxito - 2013-06-24 16:15

    Using different cars for every visit?

  • Richard - 2013-06-24 16:16

    Oh wow another visitor. Please keep us updated on all the people that what to ride the limelight.

  • David Ward - 2013-06-24 16:16

    Instead of writing new articles for every visitor, how about creating one article and then updating it as more Mercedes Benz' arrive.

  • Kaapse Grappies - 2013-06-24 16:16


      JMaree - 2013-06-24 17:20

      Where is stompie

  • Hendrik de Villiers - 2013-06-24 16:18

    Moerse nuus!!!!!

  • Jona Nam - 2013-06-24 16:22

    What does Winnie realy want. Doesnt she realise that her presence is actualy making mandela worse

      Craig McNiven - 2013-06-24 16:38

      She's the first of the vultures, landing to peck at his corpse

      JMaree - 2013-06-24 17:22

      She forgot what she did to stompie...

      Patricia Dewet - 2013-06-24 18:12

      She keeps going back. He must be unconscious because he cannot bear her anymore. Hoping to inherit or what, this is one "very important" woman.

  • Man Zanilla - 2013-06-24 16:23

    The red ants collected WdP's silver tea set the other day. Wonder who marcedias that is

  • Crusadersudan - 2013-06-24 16:24

    looks like the outfit michael jackson was buried in.......did she still wear it when she left....

  • Sabelo Sukude Gaxela - 2013-06-24 16:26

    get well soon

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-06-24 16:26

    The cultures keep crawling around, they must sensing something.

      Martin Gee Godfrey - 2013-06-24 18:37

      Cultures? There is no culture where Winnie is concerned!

  • USbo Wakho Nawe - 2013-06-24 16:27

    From stable to critical condition, what next?

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2013-06-24 16:31

    if is your time MR MAndela,let it be!

  • Eisenherz Eisenherz - 2013-06-24 16:34

    why would she (Winnie) get to drive with a vehicle fitted with blue police lights? or is that the woman's league official car?

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2013-06-24 16:34

    "His ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and daughter Zindzi Mandela drove onto the premises of the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in a gold-coloured BMW fitted with blue police lights." WHY?

      Peter Zylstra - 2013-06-24 16:52

      Because like all other comrades she is also a criminal!

  • Mahlatse Patience - 2013-06-24 16:38

    I'm not getting this straight,he is in critical condition,is he not died?because maybe is only machines that clicking,i don't get this straight.

  • Garth Labuschagne - 2013-06-24 16:40

    These articles sound more like a car race than anything else. And the black mercedes enters in first followed by the BMW X5. Still waiting for the Audi A5 oh wait here it comes around the corner with no regard for the public and flashing blue lights! Who is going to get the bottle of champagne on the podium??

      Mahlatse Patience - 2013-06-24 17:21

      Lol.... Media is going too much now,because always with Mandela is one same story,the only different is the vehicles' big names.

  • Soraya Asmal - 2013-06-24 16:44

    This is riveting news.

  • Derek Bekker - 2013-06-24 16:54

    Next headline... "The poo leaves Mandela hospital" ?

  • Arlene Prince - 2013-06-24 16:58

    Thank you for everything you tried to do for South Africa, forgiveness, equallity and unity was all you wanted for all of us, I can only imagine how sad it makes you to see your beloved country as it is now, filled with even more hatred then it was before. You walked a road you hoped we would all follow, Dear Tata Thank you for giving up so much of yourself and thank you for believeing in all South Africans nomatter what race, you saw the best in us even if we dont see it as yet.

      Gale Fick - 2013-06-24 17:01

      Arlene...first real comment ive read here that makes sense......tks

      Dawn Atkinson - 2013-06-24 17:02

      Very well written Arlene! My sentiments exactly! I'm sure his heart must be breaking, just like so many of us. The moron Simon who wishes Madiba to get up and be around for the next election - wtf?? he has more than done his duty to his country, leave him alone to go in peace! Tata Madiba, when your time comes, I hope it is peaceful. our thoughts go out to your family.

      hotdog - 2013-06-24 17:45

      What a fantastic sentiment. Shoooo I goosebumps. Graham

      Simon Pearce - 2013-06-24 20:50

      Nice words Arlene. Thank you.

  • Sean Bagley - 2013-06-24 16:58

    And then the witch came flying in on a broomstick,better known to most South Africans as Winnie Mandela.

  • Tim Norris - 2013-06-24 17:00

    I am sure that Ina few years we will find out he died a couple of days ago, God Rest Him Soul. The spin doctors are trying to maximize the benefit and get everyone used to the fact he has gone. He had an influential life for sure, shame his relatives and ANC elite are not living up to his ideals

  • Al Loots - 2013-06-24 17:02

    Watch the murderous witch's hands closely and search that bag for matches.

  • Promise Ozuzu - 2013-06-24 17:03

    Guys what help me, i feel they buying time to us and the world the news!

  • FerretGee - 2013-06-24 17:09

    the vultures are circling be it the press waiting to break the story of the decade, the ex-family members wanting their 5 minutes of fame or the politicians plying the gullible public with their spin-doctoring. Poor Graca Machel must be going through every emotion in the book as the man she clearly loves, lies dying and all she sees is a multitude of hangers on gliding in and out of the hospital in the hope that that they can be the one that says "I was there when he died"! Leave the old man alone!

  • William David Moffett - 2013-06-24 17:19

    Nelson Mandela is a father to all. He will never be replaced by anyone ever!! Are bank notes with His face on are the only ones that I am happy to pay with. Thank you for making are lives mean something and you have a special place to go to after your very long walk to freedom.

  • Celi Dorado - 2013-06-24 17:25

    I have two questions. 1: did she leave the tyres and matches at home? 2. Has Nelson still not denounced the violence perpetrated by his ANC comrades before the 94 elections?

  • Man Zanilla - 2013-06-24 17:40


  • Israel - 2013-06-24 18:39

    Winnie and Zumakie have a lot in commnen - OBSSESED WITH MONEY!!

  • Jack Jack - 2013-06-24 19:04

    I am posting from Mauritania ; First let us hope he to get well ; None could deny Mandela is the last hero in our AFRICA

  • DjBas - 2013-06-24 22:56

    winnie, tell him what happened to stompie!

  • Siyanda S Chonco - 2013-06-25 04:05

    I am one of those who hate corruption to the teeth. However, it is shockingly surprising everyday i read these comments how South Africa remains a racially divided country. 1) Blacks, you surely know how to defend your same race-brothers even how corrupt they are. We should be fighting for the better life for all (not quoted from the ANC). Whites, I find you very very angry and super racist in the comments you make.At the end of the day, you are all (black and white)trying to play better than the other and that is still flawed. That's a very low attitude! Get over yourselves nd start thinking anew. You are all flawed beings ho are still carrying the the burden from the past and hate each other. Others are complaining about how bad news are at News24, but the fact that you are still commenting while you are swearing means you have truly become slave to News 24 and they just continue making money and running their business through you. So stop murmuring and start trying to do the right thing, starting from resolving your attitude.

  • pages:
  • 1