Winnie speaks out about Madiba

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says Madiba's condition has improved but he is still critical.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela visits Madiba in hospital. Picture: EWN

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

Madikizela-Mandela was speaking outside her home in Vilakazi Street in Soweto earlier.

She thanked the media for informing South Africa about the former president'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.


Mandela received a steady stream of visitors at the hospital.

Family members were at Madiba's bedside on his 21st day in the facility while Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Free State Premier Ace Magashule also visited the global icon.

A large group of people gathered outside the facility while the statesman remains in a critical condition.

South Africans have been praying for the 94-year-old to recover.

In front of the main gate, people sand "We love you Tata Madiba" while some school children left cards on the wall of support.

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


While flying to South Africa, U.S President Barack Obama has said he has no desire to be obtrusive to Mandela's family and has no need for a photo opportunity with the global icon.

Obama is due to land at the Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria this evening.

A group of protestors against his visit marched through the capital city earlier making their demands known to the U.S Embassy.

Obama told journalists he had no direct message for Madiba.

He wished to express to the Mandela family his profound gratitude dot Madiba's leadership.

Obama considers the elderly statesman his personal hero.


The legal wrangle between members of Mandela's family was described as a 'sensitive matter'.

Members of the Mandela family brought an urgent application against Madiba's grandson Mandla in the Mthatha High Court earlier.

It is believed that they want to force Mandla to return the remains of three of Mandela's children which he moved to Mvezo.

Mandla was not in court when the judge granted an interim order in favour of the applicants.

The family members brought an urgent application against Mandla, the Eastern Cape health MEC and the premier.

Lawyers said the court order could not be made public.

It is believed the family wants the remains of Madiba's children to be brought back to Qunu from Mvezo. The remains were exhumed in 2011.