The South African Story - free download for Apple
The South African Story - free download for Android

MediaClubSouthAfrica

MediaClubSouthAfrica.com Helping the media cover the South African story.

SCAM ALERT

Please note: Any e-mail whatsoever that claims to come from a representative of Nelson Mandela or any organisation bearing his name, and that cites SouthAfrica.info in support of this claim, should be treated as fraudulent.

Nelson Mandela


South Africa prays for Mandela

9 June 2013

South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday after the former president was admitted to hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning with the recurrence of a lung infection that has now seen him hospitalised four times since December.

"During the past few days former President Nelson Mandela has had a recurrence of lung infection," the Presidency said in a statement on Saturday. "This morning at about 1.30am his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Pretoria hospital. He remains in a serious but stable condition."

Mandela was receiving expert medical care and his doctors were doing everything possible to make him better and comfortable, the Presidency said.

President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of the government and the nation, "wishes Madiba a speedy recovery and requests the media and the public to respect the privacy of Madiba and his family".

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told the Sunday Times that Mandela's condition was serious.

"I questioned the doctors ... They said: 'Look, yes, he is able to breathe on his own. Be concerned, but don't be hysterical about it. Also don't tell the public that he is getting better [for now]'."

According to the newspaper, Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, cancelled a trip to London on Thursday to be close to Mandela. She had been due to address a Nutrition for Growth summit hosted by the governments of Brazil and the UK.

"My thoughts are with Nelson Mandela, who is in hospital in South Africa," British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted.

The US government also sent good wishes, according to news agency AFP, which quoted US National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden as saying: "Our thoughts and prayers are with [Mandela], his family and the people of South Africa as he recovers."

City Press, meanwhile, reported on Sunday that President Zuma, speaking to African National Congress (ANC) members in East London in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, had asked for prayers for Mandela.

"In your name, I want to give a message to Tata Madiba, who was admitted to hospital again this morning. He must get well please. Please, our president Madiba must make a speedy recovery. We must also pray for him as we are gathered here in the Eastern Cape," Zuma was quoted as saying.

Since the news broke on Saturday, the social networks have been abuzz with messages from South Africa and around the world wishing Mandela well.

Ned, from Manhattan, NY, tweeted: "Let us honour Mandela not by our tweets or words but rather by respecting and understanding everything that he stood for."

On Sunday morning, Maharaj told reporters that he was not expecting an update from Mandela's doctors before midday.

SAinfo reporter

The South African Story - free download for Apple
The South African Story - free download for Android

MediaClubSouthAfrica

MediaClubSouthAfrica.com Helping the media cover the South African story.

SCAM ALERT

Please note: Any e-mail whatsoever that claims to come from a representative of Nelson Mandela or any organisation bearing his name, and that cites SouthAfrica.info in support of this claim, should be treated as fraudulent.