‘Madiba getting better’

At a press conference in Durban yesterday, Ndaba Mandela, gave an update on his grandfather’s health. This is a longer form of a story which I contributed to in The Times this morning:

FORMER president Nelson Mandela could be back at home soon.

This was revealed by his grandson, Ndaba Mandela, in Durban yesterday (Thursday). Ndaba said his grandfather’s health was improving.

“The old man has been in hospital, but on a positive note, he is getting better and better each day. Hopefully, he will be home soon,” he said.

He added that this was “not a time to be worried”.

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Ndaba Mandela chats to AmaZulu media officer Philani Mabaso at Thursday's press conference

Ndaba is one of the children of Mandela’s late son, Makgato. His oldest brother is Mandla Mandela, the tribal chief of Mvezo.

Mandela is being treated in the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. He was admitted at 1.30am on June 8 after a recurrence of a lung infection. At the time, the Presidency said he was in a “serous but stable” condition.

Several close relatives of the anti-apartheid icon have been visiting him daily.

Mandela will turn 95 on July 18.

“I’d like to thank everybody in South Africa and across the world who have sent us messages. With less than four weeks to our grandfather’s birthday, I’d like to highlight that this is not a time to be worried, because he is getting better. Rather, it’s a time to celebrate his life and his achievements,” Ndaba said.

He was speaking at a press conference, where it was announced that AmaZulu Football Club would be playing against Manchester City as part of the Mandela Day birthday celebrations.

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