Chavez says cancer has returned

2012-12-09 08:31

Caracas - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday that his cancer has returned and he will have to return immediately to Cuba for another round of surgery to remove it.

Chavez announced that he would return to Cuba on Sunday, after doctors there determined that "some malignant cells" had returned, months after physicians there treated him and pronounced him cancer-free.

The firebrand leader made the announcement after undergoing cancer-related treatment again in Cuba this week, and despite frequent assurances on the campaign trail before his re-election in October that he had been cured of cancer.

Chavez did not specify what kind of cancer he has, but told Venezuelan television and radio that it is "in the same area that was affected" previously.

Recurring bouts of cancer have dogged his presidency for the past couple of years, requiring to him spends weeks at a time being treated in Cuba.

The Venezuelan leader said that in the event that he is incapacitated by his illness, his vice-president and heir apparent Nicolas Maduro would govern the country.

Chavez, 58, has repeatedly claimed to have beaten an unspecified cancer in his pelvic region that was diagnosed in 2011 and shrugged off his illness to see off a unified opposition and secure another six-year term on 7 October.

He had a cancerous tumour removed from near his pelvic region last year, but the government never disclosed the type or severity of the cancer, and in July of this year he claimed to be cancer-free.

Chavez, who has been in power since 1999 and gained global prominence as an anti-American firebrand, appeared weak and subdued during the presidential campaign, but still managed to win another term that extends to 2018.

He had last been seen in public on 15 November, and two weeks later he went to Cuba for treatment, having said prior to his trip that he was cured.

  • - 2012-12-09 08:44

    Great news for millions of scared Venezuelans who dream of democracy and freedom... bad news for Hugo Chavez and his gang of red shirted Nazis. every dog has its day.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-09 10:34

      Is that the same millions who voted him into power!

      eagarcia3 - 2012-12-09 10:51

      Fidel, the guy got as many millions that want him out, no matter what. Check the latest election results, it was a close contest. And there are the millions in the middle, undecided in their support. And perhaps sick with the polarization they have to see every day.

      jesibelle.krueger - 2012-12-09 11:14

      Hurrah..! Best news of the day - hope the devil takes his servant speedily. This goon employs the same despotic exploitation as Mugabe and as the sex-obsessed, bling-king-of-corruption, s**t-for-brains, Zero-Zuma is desperately trying to enforce - ie to buy the vote of the feckless mobs (the political majority) by effectively stealing the tax-money of the honest, hard-working, intelligent, innovative, economic majority. In the end he has managed to drag Venezuela into the economic doldrums - just as Zero-Zuma is doing to SA and as Mad-Bob has done to Zim. Just like his contemporaries - Zero-Zuma and Mad-Bob - all he is, is the Prince of the Parasites. Parasitic mobs with zero economic worth, 'parasiting' on the honest, hard-working, intelligent, innovative, economic majority. No supposed “majority” votes for Chavez – he just BUYS VOTES, exactly like the feckless parasitic communists, the ANC do. Eg 88% of SA’s national budget is spent on salaries, while the entire infrastructure (once among the best in the world) has all but completely collapsed. As with Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea and Zim-banana-we, the ANC buffoons will destroy SA. Again, The Economist says it best - as it did for South Africa when it articulated SA’s economy under the regime of the psychopath Zero-Zuma, earlier this year: PS – I suggest free-roaming leeching parasitic idiots like fidel.mgoqi and zapadela.tistarocha take note.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-09 19:01

      It does not matter wether president chavez is a socialist or a populist, what is important are the programs that he has implemented. Chavez isn't perfect, but he has had to survive a coup, followed by a Bush financed referendum. Even if a political party and their leader are elected based on socialist change it isn't possible to just change everything overnight, especially after years of degeneration under a right wing administration. There's the whole process of re-directing money and resources to where it is most needed, which isn't an easy task as first you have to uncover where all the capitalists have hidden their money and make them pay back taxes! Chavez has kept his commitments to the poor—urban and rural!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-09 19:27

      @eagarcia3 There was an 81% turn out in the Venezuelan election and Chavez got 56% of the vote. That's better than the corrupt Bush got in 2000 and 2004 or Cameron's Right-wing government?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-09 20:00

      . More of this fidel's endless claptrap. There is no country in South America, where there is more violence than in Venezuela!! Nor where there is a greater division between rich and poor !!!! With the billions, p.ssing out of the ground , it is hard to imagine anyone have made a bigger mess of a country, than this ugly clown !!!1!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-09 20:13

      Anthony Varekamp, 56% of the poor, indigenous legible voters in Venezuela disagree with you and how Chavez has affected their lives!

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-09 21:02

      Fidel what exactly is a "legible"voter? Is that where you read his vote and then change it to read Chavez?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-10 00:39

      Stupid questions have no answers!

      eagarcia3 - 2012-12-10 07:06

      Fidel: that 44% of the population should not be ignored nonetheless, especially if the turnout was as high. It was the proof the opposition is finally getting its act together. Ignore that, and Venezuela won't get better. The thing is: in Latin America, the people tend to like strongmen, and that is not a leftist thing only (my former president qualifies, and he's someone the left hates A LOT, up to the point of denying some of his success against those blasted, leftist terrorists of the FARC). I can't help but wonder how many Venezuelans voted for Chavez out of fear to the unknown. Or simply because they like their social cheques, despite they might dislike the guy. That happens.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-10 07:26

      Eagarcia3 So true what you say, although Chavez is not a dictator in the true sense of the word, he uses the same methodes as dictators; Creating large state enterprises, to make as many as possible dependent on HIM !!!! And as you correctly say, creating a welfare state, which always brings along ; FEAR !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-10 08:11

      "Fidel: that 44% of the population should not be ignored nonetheless, especially if the turnout was as high." What makes you conclude positively that currently this is the case. Chavez got elected on a promise of improving the lives of the previously neglected poor indigenous Venezuelans, who are benefiting directly from Chavez's policies as far as poverty, education and healthcare are concerned. It is class politics that matter in Venezuela and this tends to happen in most societies where the poor have been marginilised for so long. Instead of re-injecting profits into the oil industry, declaring huge dividends for investors, Chavez has invested them in projects aimed at combating illiteracy, malnutrition, diseases, and other social ills. This is what is causing all the noise against Chavez, it's because the capitalists have been denied their misguided "rightful" access to the trough and are using their intl media monopoly to rubbish Mr Chavez. Here's a CIA sourced table showing how Chavez has affected Venezuelan living standards since he has been in office. And this is from people who helped to try to kill him.... Give me Chavez any day over our greedy scum.

      eagarcia3 - 2012-12-10 08:59

      Disregarding all of his opponents to be greedy capitalists is a bad idea. Many of them are folks tired of the things that have happened during his tenure: an increase in political polarization and radicalism, skyrocketing insecurity, the sensation an oil bonanza was squandered, and lack of respect for the opposition. Have you heard about the Tascon list? That doesn't speak really well of the guy, if you ask me.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-10 09:35

      Chavez is a politician first, and polarisation is what politicians do, and radicalism has always been part of revolutionaries, especially taking into account the history of neo imperialism in South America. It's the same in Ecuador, Argentina and Bolivia. I've never heard of the "Tascon list", but will be looking it up, thanks!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-10 09:43

      Re the Tascon list, I am conflicted about this is I can see the argument for both sides, but it seems that Venezuelan due processes have been able to rectify and remedy this.

      eagarcia3 - 2012-12-10 11:07

      Well, those skilled oil professionals that ended up banished from the labour market because of the list ended up being my country's win. They have been more than welcome there.

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-09 08:53

    Hopefully is quick recovery is on the cards............Strength to Comrade Chavez............

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-09 08:57

      A Man of Steel...

      alan.jerrold - 2012-12-09 09:19

      No, quick recovery is NOT going to happen. Another corrupt Communist dictator bites the dust.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-09 10:42

      Unfortunately it seems that so long as the media get away with saying 'dictator' over and over, those too lazy to think for themselves will take it as truth. The idea of a majority of the people in a country freely voting their own class interests must be terrifying to some.

      Sibusiso - 2012-12-09 10:43

      This man is suffering from a terrible disease and yet some have the gall to celebrate.This is sickening.

      jesibelle.krueger - 2012-12-09 11:25

      "...A Man of Steel..." Bhwaa, ha, ha, ha - indeed, his cranial cavity is just as dense..! The leeching Prince of the Parasites has all but destroyed Venezuela - I pray for those under his despotic "tyranny of the majority" that their liberator is cancer.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-09 11:55

      Fidel, You just don't have the brains to understand this; This thug, who admires the rot of this world, like gaddafi, mugabe, assad and that psychopath from Iran, is NOT very populair in the world. maybe get someone to explain to you WHY, slowly, slowly !!!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-09 18:07

      misinformed Jezebel........

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-09 18:10

      Any Indigenous leader whom plots a different path rather than pandering to the West is a Dictator. These Colonist are living in denial and fear.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-09 18:54

      "is NOT very populair in the world." Anthony Varekamp, how long did it take you to come up with this brilliant conclusion. (Technically known as the "e-halo effect"), whereby a leader can become so demonised in certain countries (West) or populations that it is no longer possible to assess their achievements and failures in a balanced way. Stick with me and I'll keep you up to speed!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-09 20:15

      Anthony Varekamp, you've obviously got a higher enough IQ to type, why not use it, to stop and think about just how silly you sound.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-09 20:40

      . This is not a joke you stupid fidel, You are not an African !! African people are proud people , have decency and dignity, ALL of which you are lacking !!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-10 00:43

      Anthony Varekamp, I need no affirmation from you of my Africaness, you stupid git!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-10 06:21

      Fidel, Why you come on these sites with different names, and don't want to acknowledge your true identity ?? You slimy COWARD !!!!

      jennifer.bosman.9 - 2013-01-07 10:23

      And when you lose a battle and show what a complete idiot you are, you go the cowards way and accuse people of having different names....Even if he does, so what? still does not redeem you from answering valuable points being made by Fidel....i was also blinded by the Western media which is run by the states that need the oil reserves in Venezuela...can we honestly say that the media is reporting fairly, when its obvious the people voted him in, and fought for his release back into power(might i remind you!).....and with the Western media having countless cases of reporting in their own favour, and not the truth.....from calling Mandela and the ANC "terrorists" to accusing Iraq of having weapons of mass destruction.....Who do you really believe?

  • eagarcia3 - 2012-12-09 09:05

    On one side, it would be great for the country if he left the power, and its successor began the work of mending a polarized society, and its troublesome economy. On the other one, perhaps the guy was what Venezuela needed: trying something different after two decades of disastrous governments. Anyway, good luck against the cancer. At least, this time he left someone in charge while he's out.

      dragonfire47 - 2012-12-09 09:13

      I would like to see the whole bankshoot of the scum gone

      Sibusiso - 2012-12-09 10:46

      I would like to see the the more of the worker-abusing farmers die.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-09 18:50

      In Chavez's defence, at least he has tried - judging by the inequalities in that society, previous neo liberal Venezuelan governments just didn't give a damn.

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-09 19:47

      Fidel, their inflation rate is 18% so clearly his efforts aren't working. Maybe he should stop following a failed ideology and then his country might have a chance.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-09 20:09

      Chavez has an uphill task to lead his country to a system, where all may enjoy the dignity of work and live in peace, if he shows some imperfections during this huge task, then show me any person or system, perfect during inception. It's interesting how conservatives always start shouting about how 'useless' they think left-wing leadership is if there isn't an immediate drastic improvement to everyone's quality of life. To them it seems as if a project has failed if it doesn't bring instant change.

      eagarcia3 - 2012-12-10 07:13

      I hate being the devil's advocate, but...some facts about the Venezuelan economy: inflation during Chavez has been lower that during the decade before him. It peaked in over 100% in the mid-90s! It's still high note, but it's an improvement over the past. And at least Venezuela is honest with the inflation, unlike Argentina. Arguably, it was done by widespread use of price controls that have created serious supply issues, and exchange controls that have led to dollar scarcity and a thriving black market. Once those things might come back. No info in the underlying factors yet, I'd better refrain from a judgement.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-10 08:13

      It would be a lot easier to analyse Chavez objectively if there wasn't all this Neo-Con disinformation being dumped on the western media.

      eagarcia3 - 2012-12-10 08:24

      I try to do so. I live right next door to the guy, in a city less that 30 minutes away from the Venezuelan border. And a good share of my family lives there. Still, i don't like him in the least bit.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-10 09:11

      The guy is terrible; He wants to use the country's resources to benefit his own people. What's next? Free health care... crap, too late!!

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-09 09:13

    What is wrong with Venezuelan hospitals?

  • avremel.niselow - 2012-12-09 09:16

    Another politician too scared to use his own health system. Why is it that oil rich countries always seem to get the worst leaders?

      eagarcia3 - 2012-12-09 09:35

      That's called resource curse. Really few resource-rich countries get it right with governance. Australia, Norway and Chile are the good ones, maybe there are others. Bad examples? Plenty, with special mention to Nigeria for all of its independent history, Venezuela from 1974, and South Africa since 1948.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-09 09:43

      We don't have any oil and we have the worst leaders of them all

      FeebleGastro - 2012-12-09 10:18

      Garcia, South Africa had an excellent health system up to 1994, whether you want to know about it or not.

      eagarcia3 - 2012-12-09 10:39

      Feeble, i must confess i don't have the best knowledge about history here, even though I've read quite a bit. But, in my book, bad governments can be extremely corrupt, incompetent, and/or simply criminal. As far as I've been able to see, both the Nats and the ANC get one or two of those things. The ANC is yet another corrupt and incompetent third world government, while the Nats were an unique breed Nazi-loving thugs. Both are terrible, for different reasons.

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-09 10:57

      Egarcia, for nazi lovers they fought very hard I'm WW2, the only African country to do so without first being attacked.

      eagarcia3 - 2012-12-09 11:01

      The president in the WW2 was Jan Smuts and his United Party, and the Nats were still the opposition party. I also read the Nats wanted neutrality, just short of supporting Hitler. That's why i put 1948 as the landmark year for bad governance here.

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-12-09 11:18

    Best news I heard today!

  • ruanpretorius1980 - 2012-12-09 11:19

    Vrek - met of sonder siekte Dwis

  • willem.v.hoven - 2012-12-09 15:15

    Poetic justice??

  • hjkavdkah - 2012-12-09 22:19


  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-12-10 11:40

    At 27% inflation rate , lets see how long Govt spending on the back of oil revenues can last . Corruption is unprecendented and an example of a lack of transparency is state-owned oil company ceased publishing its consolidated annual financial statements in 2003, and Chávez has created new state-run financial institutions, whose operations are also opaque, that spend funds at the discretion of the executive.

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