Winnie thanks media

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has expressed gratitude to the media for keeping the public informed about Madiba.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As former president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition on life support in hospital, his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says although the media gets carried away with reports about his health, the family is grateful that it is informing the nation and the world about his progress.

Referring to Makaziwe Mandela's interview with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Thursday, Madikizela-Mandela says if the family sounds bitter sometimes it is only because they find themselves in a difficult situation.

In the interview Makaziwe lambasted the international media, describing reporting on her father as racist

Speaking out on Friday, Madikizela-Mandela did not say much about Madiba's current health status.

"This is the first time ever that we are able to thank you on behalf of the family. We just want to tell you how grateful we are to you. The role of the media is to inform and we are here to say thank you very much."

In its last update the Presidency said Madiba's health was improving but still critical.

This is the 94-year-old's fourth hospitalisation since December.

He was admitted to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital for a re-occurring lung infection on 8 June.