Presidency has faith in Madiba's doctors

The Presidency believes former president Nelson Mandela is receiving the best medical care.

Former President Nelson Mandela made his first television appearance in almost a year, looking thin and frail in his Johannesburg home. Picture: Supplied

PRETORIA/JOHANNESBURG/QUNU, EASTERN CAPE - The Presidency on Tuesday said it has full confidence in former president Nelson Mandela's medical team.

The 94-year-old was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on Saturday morning with a recurring lung infection.

The former president looks set to spend a fourth night in hospital.

Madiba's eldest daughter Makaziwe and his great-grandson Ndaba visited the ailing statesman earlier on Tuesday.

His ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and his daughter Zindzi are currently at the hospital.

All family members were able to gain entry to the facility without being mobbed by the large media contingent waiting outside.

On Monday evening, security was beefed up outside Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital.

Police checked cars at both entrances and journalists were forced to keep their distance.

Earlier, the Presidency released a new update on Mandela's health, saying he remains in a serious but stable condition.

It said Zuma met with Madiba's medical team on Monday and got a thorough briefing.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said President Jacob Zuma would not be visiting Mandela in hospital on Tuesday.

"The Presidency has noted media reports to the effect that President Zuma is to visit the former president today. That is incorrect. President Zuma is in Cape Town preparing for the budget vote of the Presidency."

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Houghton residents say they are keeping Madiba close to their hearts and in their thoughts.

A gardener, who is sweeping the street outside Madiba's home, says he hopes the global icon will get well soon.

"I wish him a quick recovery. He has to be strong and reach 100 years."

A woman stopped by the house to send good wishes to Madiba, saying she admires him.

"He means freedom to me. We are able to fly and our children can do whatever they want because of him."

Earlier on Tuesday, a group of schoolchildren accompanied by their principal went to Madiba's home to sing a get well soon song.

EWN's Mandy Wiener reports via Google Hangouts from outside Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton:


A Cape Town-based tourist guide says visitors are usually stunned when touring Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

Dan Dunn is accompanying a group of Michigan University students through Madiba's home town.

Dunn says tourists are often spellbound by the area where Mandela grew up.

"To them he is a global icon."