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Bizos wary of visiting Madiba

George Bizos says he is wary of visiting Madiba because of the fragility of his health.

George Bizos says he is wary of visiting Madiba because of the fragility of his health.

JOHANNESBURG - While Nelson Mandela spends a 16th day in hospital, one of his oldest friends, George Bizos told Eyewitness News on Sunday he is wary of visiting the 94-year-old because of the fragility of his health.

Mandela was admitted to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria more than two weeks ago for a recurring lung infection.

Bizos said the former president is holding up.

He said he is weary of visiting the hospital to see Mandela for health reasons.

"With his infection, somebody visiting him and bringing in more germs, is counterproductive."

At the weekend American broadcaster CBS reported Madiba went into cardiac arrest when rushed to the Pretoria facility, that his liver and kidneys are functioning at 50 percent and that he had undergone two surgical procedures.

The news report claiming that Madiba was unresponsive to treatment and hadn't opened his eyes in days prompted the Presidency to give assurances that he still in a serious but stable condition and slowly recovering.

Meanwhile, more questions were raised on Sunday morning about the seriousness of the former president's hospitalisation.

While the _Sunday Times _reported that Madiba's wife, Graça Machel, has been sleeping in another hospital room every night the _City Press _revealed more details about the night Mandela was taken to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

The newspaper said Machel was "frantic" on the night in question.

The Presidency has insisted that Madiba is receiving the best possible care available while the ANC on Saturday said it had no doubt government was providing sufficient updates on his health.