Madiba: Hospital a hive of activity

There is no official word on what was discussed at a Mandela family meeting in Qunu.

Flowers and messages of well wishes posted on the wall at Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where the former Preseident Nelson Mnadela is receiving treatment. Picture:EWN

PRETORIA -There's no official word about what was discussed during a Mandela family meeting at the former president's Qunu home in the Eastern Cape.

Family members reportedly attended an "urgent and confidential" meeting called by Madiba's eldest daughter Makaziwe.

According to reports, the gathering was called to discuss "sensitive matters".

In a telephonic conversation with Eyewitness News on Tuesday, United Democratic Movement's Bantu Holomisa confirmed he attended the meeting, but declined to comment on what was discussed.

But the timing of the meeting, just two days after the Presidency announced that Madiba's condition had deteriorated, fuelled speculation.

It has also been reported that Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was also in Qunu, but her spokesperson would not confirm the report.


Dozens of people have been flocking to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where Mandela is being treated, to wish him well.

Church choirs, police cadets and religious leaders have been amongst hundreds of ordinary South Africans showing support for the father of the nation.

Tuesday saw the biggest crowds yet with many people saying they believe the 94-year-old still has enough 'Madiba magic' to recuperate.

The likes of businessman Kenny Kunene were also seen outside the facility dropping off flowers and a card which read "We love you Tata."

The amount of people praying for Madiba also continues to grow outside the hospital.

One man said he brought his son there to teach him about the global icon and hopes future generations will remember him.

"Let's go to the library and read some books about him because if the next generation wants to learn about him they will need to read."

At the same time, other people said they were there to find out the latest about the ailing statesman.

Several politicians, including former Reserve Bank Governor, Tito Mboweni also visited Madiba.