South Africa: Nelson Mandela ‘Stable’ And ‘Trying To Open Eyes’ – 270613 2000z

“Mandela’s fate lies with God” – Mandla 2013-06-27 21:17



Johannesburg – Former president Nelson Mandela‘s condition is stable though still critical, as the presidency announced, his grandson Mandla Mandela said on Thursday.

“Every improvement in my grandfather’s health is cause for celebration for many of us,” he said in a statement.


He continued to be heartened by the messages of support for the ailing icon, but was disappointed by the few who continued to spread rumours about his health.


“I call upon those responsible to desist from spreading mischievous rumours about Madiba‘s state of health. Our government has been keeping all of us informed in this regard and there is no reason to doubt the accuracy of the information they provide to the public,” he said.


“At the end of the day my grandfather’s fate, like that of everyone else, lies with God and our ancestors.”


Mandla Mandela visited his grandfather in hospital earlier on Thursday.


He said the family continued to be grateful to government, the ANC, and the doctors in charge of Mandela’s health during “this difficult period”.


The presidency announced around mid-afternoon on Thursday that Mandela’s condition had improved during the night.


According to the presidency’s statement: “President Jacob Zuma visited former president Nelson Mandela in hospital in Pretoria today, 27 June, and was informed by the medical team that Madiba‘s condition has improved during the course of the night.


“He remains critical, but is now stable,” spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.



Mandela ‘Stable’ And ‘Trying To Open Eyes’

SKY NEWS 6:07pm UK, Thursday 27 June 2013

The President says Nelson Mandela’s condition has improved overnight, as the icon’s daughter slams media “vultures”.

Nelson Mandela’s daughter has hit out at “racists” and “vultures” in the media, as the presidency says the anti-apartheid icon has improved overnight.

After visiting him in his Pretoria hospital,Makaziwe Mandelasaid her father – who is reportedly no longer able to breathe unassisted – is still “very critical”.

“Anything is imminent, but I want to emphasise again that it is only God who knows when the time to go is,” she told the public broadcaster SABC.

“I won’t lie, it doesn’t look good. But as I say, if we speak to him, he responds and tries to open his eyes.

“He’s still there. He might be waning off, but he’s still there.”

She also criticised the “crass” media frenzy, likening the media to vultures.

White balloons released outside Nelson Mandela hospital
Balloons were released outside the hospital

“It’s like truly vultures waiting when a lion has devoured a buffalo, waiting there you know for the last carcasses, that’s the image that we have as a family,” she said.

“And we don’t mind the interest but I just think that it has gone overboard.”

She also accused the foreign media of “a racist element” by crossing cultural boundaries.

“They violate all boundaries,” she said.

“Is it because we’re an African country that people just feel they can’t respect any laws of this country, they can violate everything in the book? I just think it’s in bad taste, it’s crass.”

Nelson Mandela are hung up at a mass prayer meeting  at Luhlaza High School in Khayelitsha in Cape Town
Mandela pictures are hung up at a mass prayer meeting at a Cape Town school

Her comments come as South African President Jacob Zumaalso visited Mr Mandela, saying the ailing former leader remained critical but stable.

“He is much better today than he was when I saw him last night. The medical team continues to do a sterling job,” MrZuma said in a statement.

The President abruptly cancelled a trip to Mozambique after making a late night visit to the revered former leader.

It is the first time Mr Zuma has scrapped a public engagement since Mr Mandela entered hospital on June 8.

South Africans have been praying, singing and dancing outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, where the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was taken with a recurring lung infection.

Crowds gathered outside Mr Mandela's hospital in Pretoria
Crowds have been singing and dancing outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital

Sky News Correspondent Alex Crawford, who is outside the hospital, said the mood is celebratory.

A group of children released 95 white balloons after praying for the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

“There seems to be a determined effort to actually celebrate what Nelson Mandela has achieved throughout his life and pay homage to the fact that he is engaged in yet another fight right to the end,” Crawford said.

US President Barack Obama, who is in Senegal for his first significant tour of Africa,has paid tribute to Mr Mandela, saying he is a “hero for the world”whose legacy will live on throughout the ages.

Mr Obama is planning to visit South Africa on Friday as part of his African tour.

Barack Obama
Mr Obama says Mr Mandela is a “hero for the world”

The White House has said that it will defer to MrMandela’s family over whether the President would visit his political hero in hospital.

The two men met in 2005 when Mr Obama was a newly elected senator and the former South African president was in Washington and have spoken by telephone since.

They have not met in person since then, although Michelle Obama met with Mr Mandela during a trip in 2011.