Zuma visits Madiba in hospital
President Jacob Zuma says Madiba is in good hands and there is nothing to worry about.
JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma on Sunday paid a visit to former statesman Nelson Mandela at a Pretoria hospital.
The Presidency said the 94-year-old was flown to hospital from his Qunu home in the Eastern Cape on Saturday to undergo tests.
Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Zuma found Mandela to be comfortable and in good care.
“President Zuma said Madiba looked well and has had a restful night. Zuma wishes to assure everyone that Madiba is in good hands.”
Zuma urged South Africans not to panic as the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was comfortable receiving treatment that is consistent with his age.
In January, he was admitted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg for a check-up.
Meanwhile, people from all over the world have sent messages wishing Madiba well.
Mandela is celebrated all over the world for his contribution to the fight against apartheid.
Madiba's admission to hospital comes just days after speculation that his medical team or medication was on board a plane that crashed in the Drakensburg Mountains this week.
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) force has denied the claims.
At least 11 people were killed when the Dakota went down on Wednesday due to bad weather conditions.
The SANDF said more information would be released this week regarding the crash.
Military investigators are still making daily chopper trips to the crash site.
It remains unclear why the crew attempted to fly the aircraft in bad weather conditions.
The SANDF's Siphiwe Dlamini said, “We’ll have to give the investigators time to do their work. The process of post-mortems and identification of bodies is still continuing.”