Zuma vists Mandela, cancels Mozambique trip

2013-06-26 23:15

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has cancelled his scheduled trip to Mozambique after a visit to the critically ill former president Nelson Mandela in Pretoria's Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

The elder statesman was admitted to the hospital with a recurring lung infection on 8 June.

Zuma's spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, said Zuma had visited Mandela at 22:00.

"President Zuma was briefed by the doctors who are still doing everything they can to ensure his [Mandela's] well-being."

Maharaj said Zuma had decided to cancel his visit to Maputo, where he was due to attend an SADC summit.

A clan elder, Napilisi Mandela, confirmed to AFP that the anti-apartheid icon was on life support.

"Yes, he is using machines to breathe.

"It is bad, but what can we do."

Zuma left the hospital at 22:15 and was followed by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. 

Maharaj said Zuma had cancelled the trip, scheduled for Thursday, after he "found him [Mandela] to be still in a critical condition".

Mandela had been visited earlier in the day by his eldest daughter, Makaziwe, as well as ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Zindzi Mandela as well as his grandchildren Ndaba and Ndileka Mandela.

More police officers were manning the hospital's entrances on Wednesday and using mirrors to inspect the undersides of cars entering the premises.

Tshwane metro police officers cordoned off Celliers Street, only letting in cars of journalists and those of people living in the area.

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

He returned in the early evening.

  • Olebogile Thutlwa - 2013-06-26 23:29

    good decision mr president...metsi a tsene ka mogae!

  • Kgomotso Precious Bosoga - 2013-06-26 23:29

    So Tata will be on life support till Obama visits and leaves??v selfish selfish selfish.. Poor old man.

      Jason Lamb - 2013-06-26 23:55

      I have to agree with you... it almost seems a sham :( Fair enough... he smiled when told about BO's visit... he pretty much smiled at anything... to me personally, that's always been a part of the beauty of him. Obviously there's much more... but it almost seems like someone's playing a chess game here. F*** that... he's made history, he's been absolutely amazing... Leave him alone and let him go with the peace, dignity, compassion and respect that he deserves.

  • Ryan De Vries - 2013-06-26 23:34

    Scared of Renamo taking ur stupid ass out?

  • DC Cocain - 2013-06-26 23:36

    I'm very worried now,Zuma cancelled trip after visit to Madiba.This is very serious,the SA aphartheid fighting surviver is old and gravely ill.If our granfather dies i accept this with full anderstnding- He is OLD.

      Ryan De Vries - 2013-06-26 23:51

      he is dead .... only machines keep him alive ,, 94 ... good innings if you ask me !! Well done SIR Nelson Mandela !!

      Aaron Prince - 2013-06-27 07:07

      mandela is old we can accept if he passed away and so it will be sad to all of us

  • Carlleb Taaur - 2013-06-26 23:36

    rest in peace Madiba,u r a true leader

  • Zamandelu Shinga - 2013-06-26 23:49

    All those who comment for the sake of commenting should refrain from insulting the President. This is a very sensitive issue about our icon. It was a good decision to cancel the trip and attend the matters of national important. You can insult President Zuma on other matters but not this one. Our icon is not well and you criticize the President for canceling the trip.

      Mhaka Khoza - 2013-06-26 23:56

      He shoulda went to Moz. His presence makes no difference

      Mhaka Khoza - 2013-06-27 00:00

      & neither does his absence.

      Sithembiso Buthelezi - 2013-06-27 04:19

      but with all respect shinga, it wasnt.1, zuma is not a dr, his presence or lack thereof makes no difference to mr mandela.zuma cant heal him. 2, i believe our gvt wastes too much money on these trips but if was truly beneficial to sa he shld of gone. 3, mr mandela is old, let us let him rest in peace.

      Busi Ndaba - 2013-06-27 04:24

      Well done Mr President, so much hatred against u, ppl shuld be praying for Madibas peaceful rest but only insults directed to Zuma

  • Cyprian-Wisdom Mngenela - 2013-06-26 23:52

    I think now its time for us to let go, let all State Fascilities Lower the South African Flags. From Police Stations, Hospitals, Prisons, Municopality Buildings, Milutary Bases to Parliament... *Peace*

      Joel Shai - 2013-06-27 07:16

      im realy feel sorry about dr nelson mandel de way he fight 4 us especially 2 de african en say 2 him God bless him 4ever en ever an never en never again 2 get a black president like dr mandela icon..............!!ur de black jesus amen............en amen God bless u tym en again until u go 2 ur years modimo gives u tata ...................peace un 2u

  • Thulani D Tembe - 2013-06-27 00:04

    Our prayers and thoughts are always with Mandela family, he is so old and we should accept that as a nation, but surerly his dignity will be remembered !!!!!

  • Sthandwa Graca - 2013-06-27 00:10

    If Mr president went to mosambique , you would said he is wrong ,so what ever he do is wrong ???

  • Sthandwa Graca - 2013-06-27 00:17

    we r praying for Tata, only god knows whats going to happen whit Mr M adiba

  • Benjamin Kam - 2013-06-27 00:22

    i m just afraid, juju mustn't visit the old man,he might end up pressing the button to stop the machine. get well tata

      Benjamin Kam - 2013-06-27 00:30

      thanks for comment

      Don Carlo - 2013-06-27 01:08

      Get well soon Tata Madiba

      Thando Dlamini - 2013-06-27 01:13

      Benjamin you're an idiot!!!

  • Lolo Mogale - 2013-06-27 00:23

    The number one jacob he claim to say he can't go to mozambique bcos the the old men is critically ill he knew about this even before he can even knw about his sadc meeting in mozambique so now he pretend as if he care about the old men while the old men is dying bcos of the way jacob is governing this country mandela is worried abouth the wealth of dis country dat must be shared amongst the people of this country but is eating by only one family the zuptas what a shameless president zuma ur heartless

      Benjamin Kam - 2013-06-27 00:28

      dont touch my president Lolo, i warn you, it must be the first and the last time you publish such comment on news 24

      Paulus Gerber - 2013-06-27 00:36

      Benjamin threatening language. Sis on you.

      Sithembele-Africa Lunguza - 2013-06-27 07:16

      Unscientific, childish & pure hogwash my friend. President Zuma may not be our Nu 1 fan 4 obvious reasons, but your utterances miss the point. HE is the State President & yes indeed it was necessary not to join SADC Meeting. Are you an expert in psycho analyzing Mr. Mandela's state of mind?

      Dlophe Makhubela - 2013-06-27 07:43

      The SADEC meeting was planned in March 2013 and to my knowledge Tata was not in hospital. U hatred for Zuma makes u say things u don't have facts. Clearly u are the one who is heartless and stupid for not veryfing the facts before posting anything. U think u are a better person Lolo but I think if u were u will be something big in SA, so stop insulting people and try to do something to improve ur life. Try to make urself a bit beautiful than u look now instead of insulting others.

      Jacob Molife - 2013-06-27 08:17

      Lolo your grammar is terrible child.I see you are grade 8 but read more n try to improve your gutter English ne?? Good luck!!!

      Bolawana Carol Masao - 2013-06-27 09:02

      Lolo your comment is disgusting and full of hatred, you say things that you do not have facts on. I don't know who are you trying to please but shame you are not funny. Your hatred for President Jacob Zuma is disgusting, President Jacob Zuma is not just a president but also an elder and someone's parents and for you to disrespect him in this manner is very uncultured.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-27 09:43

      Benjamin Kam. Usually I don't comment on childish foolishness. In this case I think someone need to remind you that we live in a democracy and so far we still have the right to have our own opinions. By threatening Lolo, you have just shown how little you know about democracy and how much progress you still have to make to become mature. Be ashamed of your childish behaviour.

  • Matthews Bantsijang - 2013-06-27 00:24

    Zuma vists Mandela, cancels Mozambique trip....

  • Quincy Mthimunye - 2013-06-27 00:24

    Big up to Zuma i was also going to cancel if i was him i believe we all waiting for Barrack to arrive now.

  • Matthews Bantsijang - 2013-06-27 00:26

    Zuma vists Mandela, cancels Mozambique trip...

  • Israel - 2013-06-27 00:28

    Zuma you are the last person Madiba would like to see at his bed side - do not fool yourself Mandela was fully aware of how you f*cked up this country for which he worked so hard for - GET LOST you MORON - without Mandela YOU ARE NOTHING !!!!!

      Ntombi Baloyi - 2013-06-27 07:32

      Don't b to sure

  • Albert Martin - 2013-06-27 00:31

    He dont wanna miss out on the great opportunity to annouce to the world !!!!! Vultures , afraid Tata might pass on and some one else grab the limelight!

  • Suchy Ganda Mutete - 2013-06-27 01:10

    World icon, father of peace, Freedom Fighter, My hero .......may the Almighty Lord give you peace ........

      Jacob Molife - 2013-06-27 05:36

      Voetsek!!!go to Mugarbage thug

  • Boy Ramokhele - 2013-06-27 01:14

    It has been a privilege to live to see democracy and to be tutored by Mandela and [Oliver] Tambo and the like," said Maharaj. "I keep pinching myself and saying: you lucky sod, you're still alive."

  • Nomfundo Dlephu - 2013-06-27 01:15

    Rest in piece tata umzamo omhle uwuzamile ugqatso ulufezile siyohlala skukhumbula ngemsebenzi emihle uxolo nothando

  • Nomfundo Dlephu - 2013-06-27 01:15

    Rest in piece tata umzamo omhle uwuzamile ugqatso ulufezile siyohlala skukhumbula ngemsebenzi emihle uxolo nothando

  • Chantel Fourie - 2013-06-27 02:04

    They must set him free! He did alot for this country and suffered alot, he needs to rest dont let him suffer more. Tata Madiba Tata!

  • piet.grobelaar - 2013-06-27 02:29

    Just the normal drivel

  • Samson T Magagula - 2013-06-27 02:34

    Good idea for cancellation, even though he can do anything but Tata Madiba is like his parent besides beeing a political icon, leaving ur parent in a critical condition couldn't have show respect and heartfelt personality

  • Sechaba Virgil Ndlovu - 2013-06-27 03:22

    Eish. when is Obama coming to Mzansi?

  • Isaac Meyer - 2013-06-27 03:43

    Mr. Mandela suffered whilst spending 27years in prison at this stage of his life he still have to undergo a further suffering, can the family please take a firm decision and let the machines be switched off. I plea with all the respect.

  • Allen Jordaan - 2013-06-27 03:54

    while he was cavorting somebody tapped him an said aham nelson is going

  • Lindiwe Bango - 2013-06-27 03:55

    President JZ supposed to cancell his trip cos Madiba was our former President and a freedom fighter let us stop critising,masixhaseni abakwa Madiba's family kobo bunzima bakubo

  • Vinesh Moodley - 2013-06-27 04:37

    dammit! now the supply of them LM prawns is in the balance.

  • Jan Ramoshaba - 2013-06-27 04:39

    Well done mr president even though the summit is also important for the sake of our country they will have to understand thank you for being there for our legend

  • Sechaba Virgil Ndlovu - 2013-06-27 04:44

    So they don't use public hospitals?

  • Gift Chamgwela Chinyati - 2013-06-27 04:45

    Tata,u r in our Prayers

  • Koketso Molebogeng - 2013-06-27 04:55

    madiba has done enough 4 us, we are living 2dae freely bcoz of him and others but he was @ the forefront of it all. can we plz ask God 2 call him home he has suffered its enough, y do we still want him 4 our own selfish reasons, hs work is done, he has paved the way it is up 2 us follow.

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-06-27 05:20

    We keep hearing Madiba is critically ill but he's in that condition because he's being kept alive by machines for reasons that probably have no relevance on his celebrated life. Let the man die with some peace and dignity, who are people to decide on a date to end a magnificent journey?

  • Isaac Meyer - 2013-06-27 05:30

    Why should MR. Mandela being left to suffer so much, does it do justice to what he meant to this country? Why don't the family give permission to switch the machines off? It doesn't proof a point.

      Nomfundo Dlephu - 2013-06-27 05:48

      The mandela must put their heads together and decide our legend suffored too much to bring freedom let's just pray for him let his rest peace he will remain as father to all south african let your peacefull soul enter to the presidents

  • Caddelle - 2013-06-27 05:33

    Lets see, Mandela became Prez in 94 and is now 94, was in jail for 27 years and today is the 27th. for all conspiracy theorists out there.

  • Jaco du P - 2013-06-27 05:36

    ag no man..i just hope that Madiba is already at peace and not suffering he suffered enough do the hounrable thing and let him go...thought about what he wants

  • Bolokang Tikane - 2013-06-27 05:38

    Apartheid is the main contributor for His suffering,some have to take a blame

      Booska Ponsnou - 2013-06-27 05:55

      Really !!

      Jaco du P - 2013-06-27 06:01

      bla bla bla bla

      Natascha Martin - 2013-06-27 06:52

      whoop whoop, i've just spotted the IDIOT. The man is 94. how long is he expected to live. The most we can do is allow his to die with dignity. STUPID people like you keep the legacy of apartheid alive, NOT the people you say is responsible. Can you just imagine how his last moments must be for him, knowing people like you are saying these things. he spent his life to make it better for all, but you still decide to remain STUPID. educate yourself dammit. DO IT FOR MADIBA.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-27 09:54

      Bolokang Tikane. It is obvious you don't have a clue about Madiba. One of the first things he did was to go and have tea with Verwoerd's widow Betsy. It is a pity you didn't take the time to learn from him in what it is to be a true human being.

  • Tiisetso Merriam Rykdom - 2013-06-27 05:42

    only god knowz

  • Bolsheviks Partysa - 2013-06-27 05:53

    The number one jacob he claim to say he can't go to mozambique bcos the the old men is critically ill he knew about this even before he can even knw about his sadc meeting in mozambique so now he pretend as if he care about the old men while the old men is dying bcos of the way jacob is governing this country mandela is worried abouth the wealth of dis country dat must be shared amongst the people of this country but is eating by only one family the zuptas what a shameless president zuma ur heartless...

  • Mlawuli Mguye - 2013-06-27 06:01

    I know Tata Mandela's life is in God's hand, doctors can only go to a certain extend, I pray that Tata gets the sabbath rest that awaits the people of God, because many have seen his works and many heard about him but God knows him better, we will always love you uMadiba, uYem-Yem,

  • Fillas Fedrick Maluleke - 2013-06-27 06:08

    Zuma show respect to our hero

  • Theo Smith - 2013-06-27 06:20

    Whake up bolo plz man

  • Renata van der Walt - 2013-06-27 06:28

    newspapers and medias sources need to educate and inform south africans that we need to embrace what weve learned from pres. mandela and take it forward into the future. instead of standing still on the fact that hes ill, but focussing on what his dreams were for sa and how we can make it reality, for all he wanted for this country was peace..

      Lerato Tikiso Nkontywana - 2013-06-27 07:21

      it wont surprice us if dr mandela 'll die while zuma he is out out of SA it happen on marikane with many lifes,why now with only 1 life of mandela.

  • Zakes Seema - 2013-06-27 06:30

    Maybe Zuma wants to be present when the life supporting machines are switched off or he wanna do it himself.#just saying!

  • Israel Levi - 2013-06-27 06:34

    Double dome is trying to limit the damage he has already caused to the economy. Or maybe his greedy eyes lit up cause obama is in town

  • Karabo Theo - 2013-06-27 06:37

    Pls let nature take its course,dnt make the old man suffer.

  • Bheki Mvubu - 2013-06-27 06:49

    Mr president has taken good decision,well done Msholozi.why does Tata's family preparing funeral?

  • Sithembele-Africa Lunguza - 2013-06-27 06:51

    My "PRESIDENT", heartfelt wishes to you & the LOVED 1's. Sorry SADC, JZ has a "HEART OF GOLD", he had to visit My "PRESIDENT"

  • Soraya Asmal - 2013-06-27 06:56

    Why the heck is zuma dominating these headlines. Wonder who cares what that douchebag is upto.