Madiba still not well - Winnie

Former president Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela made the comments on Friday.

Former president Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Friday said while his condition improved, he was still unwell.

She made the comments during a media briefing outside her Vilakazi Street home in Soweto.

Madikizela-Mandela thanked the media for informing South Africa about the ailing statesman's health.

"If sometimes we sound bitter, it is because we are dealing with a very difficult situation. You can understand our emotions."

On Thursday, Mandela's daughter Makaziwe launched a stinging attack against the media, calling them vultures and accusing them of disrespecting the family.

Madikizela-Mandela appealed to journalists and South Africans to stop making insensitive comments about Madiba.

On Thursday afternoon, the Presidency revealed Mandela's condition had improved.

But officials warned Madiba remained in a critical but stable condition.


Mandela received a steady stream of visitors at the Pretoria facility on Friday, including Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Free State Premier Ace Magashule.

Family members were also at Madiba's bedside.

The 94-year-old was admitted to hospital almost three weeks ago for a recurring lung infection.

Outside the hospital, a large group of people gathered to wish him well.

In front of the main gate, people left cards, flowers and messages of support on the wall.

The heightened activity has also attracted entrepreneurs with several people selling food and some women selling ANC blankets with Madiba's face.


A court has ruled against Mandla Mandela in the case brought against him by 17 members of the family, the City Press reported on Friday.

The family wants the remains of Mandela's children to be reburied in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

Mandla, the oldest grandson of the former president, allegedly dug up the remains of three of Madiba's children and moved them to Mvezo in 2011.

He did so without consulting the rest of the family.

Mandla's spokesperson says he has no issue with any authorised person in the family repatriating any or all of the graves.

At the same time, local chiefs confirmed permission for the reburials were granted.