Winnie visits Madiba in hospital

Madikizela-Mandela was seen leaving the facility in a black BMW escorted by two blue-light vehicles.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (C) arrives on June 10, 2013 at a Pretoria hospital, where her ex-husband, former South African President Nelson Mandela has been hospitalised as a result of recurring lung infection.. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

JOHANNESBURG/PRETORIA - Former president Nelson Mandela's ex-wife on Monday visited him in a Pretoria hospital.

Madiba was admitted due to a recurring lung infection in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It is the fourth time he has been admitted to hospital since December last year.

The statesman's former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was seen leaving the facility in a black BMW escorted by two blue-light vehicles.

She appeared unperturbed by the large amount of cameramen and journalists surrounding the cars.

In a statement released on Monday, the Presidency said the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was in a serious but stable condition.

The Presidency also called on South Africans and the world to keep Madiba in their thoughts and prayers.

Mandela looks set to spend a third night in hospital.


There has been a constant stream of activity outside Madiba's Houghton home in northern Johannesburg on Monday.

South Africans and tourists have been writing messages of support on white rocks and placing them on the front lawns.

Madiba's 86-year-old neighbour Bernice Sussman spoke fondly of Mandela, who joined her and her husband for a cup of tea, shortly before he fell ill.

"He's a neighbour, we all adore him. He came with his bodyguard; it was before he went to hospital. I love him."

School children were also seen dropping off messages of support on the former president's front lawn.

Nine-year-old Jordan Abrahams said he hoped the 94-year-old statesman would be out of hospital in time for his birthday in July.

"I hope he gets better very soon and I hope he's better for his birthday."

Abrahams's younger brother, Saul, said he had a special birthday present he wanted to give to Madiba.

"I want to give him a mini iPad or a computer."


Tourists and locals are also visiting Madiba's old house in Vilikazi Street, Soweto.

Mandela moved into the house in 1946 with his first wife Evelyn Ntoko Mase.

They moved in shortly after it was built.

After they divorced in 1957, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela moved in.

Several people have stopped outside the house, including a tourist from Norway.

"It's quite strange to be here and hearing that he's now in hospital. I wish him all the best. He's a great man for South Africa and he's also a very important person internationally," he said.