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Bizos “trusts” Madiba’s doctors

George Bizos has not visited the statesman since his most recent hospitalisation

Former South African president and Nobel peace prize laureate Nelson Mandela (L) is aided by his wife, Graca Machel (R). AFP PHOTO/POOL/KIM LUDBROOK

JOHANNESBURG - Reports that former President Nelson Mandela's time in the Heart Hospital in Pretoria was regulated by his medical team have been met with skeptism by the 94-year-old's longtime friend, George Bizos.

On Saturday Madiba's bodyguard of many years, Shawn van Heerden, was accusing doctors of trying to steal the spotlight during Madiba's time in hospital.

Van Heerden said they were using the opportunity to get signed copies of his book and take pictures with him.

Bizos said he has not visited the statesman since his most recent hospitalisation but trusts the medical team were helping him recover.

"I trust that the highly qualified doctors that are looking after him and the immediate members of the family can be trusted as to what exposure there ought to be."

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed news that Madiba is doing better.

"We are quite happy that Madiba seems to be recovering from the treatment and that he is recovering positively from the treatment," said spokesperson Keith Khoza.

Khoza also thanked South Africans for praying for the former president.

"I think that the support he has been receiving from all the South Africans is assisting him and the family to deal with the pressures of his admission."