Nelson Mandela To Spend Christmas In Hospital

Nelson Mandela continues to respond to treatment more than two weeks after being taken to hospital and will remain there for Christmas Day, the South African government said.

The 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero and Nobel Peace laureate has been treated for a lung infection and gallstones after being admitted to a Pretoria hospital on December 8.

South African President Jacob Zuma said in a statement that Mr Mandela “will recover from this episode with all our support”.

“Knowledge of the love and support of his people keeps him strong,” he said.

It will be the first Christmas that Mr Mandela has spent away from home since 1989, when he was still in prison.

He was jailed for almost three decades for his role in the struggle against white minority rule.

In January 2011, Mr Mandela was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital for what officials initially described as tests but turned out to be an acute respiratory infection.

Only limited details of his condition have been made public by the South African government, which has repeatedly called on the public to respect the former president’s privacy.

Mr Mandela, often known by his clan name Madiba in South Africa, was released from prison in 1990 and went on to use his unparalleled prestige to push for reconciliation between black and white people as the bedrock of the post-apartheid “Rainbow Nation”.

He stepped down in 1999 after one term in office and has been largely removed from public life for the last decade.


5 Responses to "Nelson Mandela To Spend Christmas In Hospital"

  1. kalulete   December 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    SO WHAT !

  2. Ba game   December 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Get well soon Grandpa so u can teach these dick suckerz(zambian leaders) hw to rule nd devlop the country.

  3. Musuku p   December 25, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Chikala kalulete waumfwa

  4. Fredos   December 25, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Get well soon Madiba and i wish you a happy Xmas and healthful 2013. We need you around: except ka kalulete akashakwata umutima wabuntu. kaluleta

  5. Jungle Boy   December 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Mandela still remains a hero. He has inspired many. Hope he will go only at God’s appointed time. He is one of the rare people/leaders with unique personality traits.

    God has enabled him to see his days just like the Bible says. Long live Madiba. I love you!