Affidavit: Mandela’s health perilous

An affidavit filed in the Mthatha High Court confirmed the extent of Nelson Mandela's health.

Nelson Mandela. Picture: Sapa.

PRETORIA/JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela's health is perilous and he is being assisted in breathing by a life support machine.

An affidavit filed by Madiba's eldest surviving daughter, Makaziwe, confirms details about the elderly statesman's condition.

She also said in the statement that affidavits will be provided by Mandela's physicians.

The statement which formed the core of the Mandela vs. Mandela court dispute says the anticipation of the former president's impending death is based on real and substantial grounds.

Makaziwe added that this faction of the family believes Mandla wants to force his grandfather's place of burial away from Qunu to Mvezo for financial gain.

According to the presidency's last update, Madiba remains in a critical but stable condition.


Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says it's unfortunate that the Mandela family is going through a court battle during such a sensitive time.

The Mandela family's legal squabble over where the remains of three of Madiba's children should be buried has been highly publicised.

Zille was speaking outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Madiba was admitted to the facility more than three weeks ago where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

She declined to be drawn in on allegations that the former President's hospitalisation is being politicised.

"This is a huge moment for South Africa and the last thing I want to do is add to the politicisation of a time when he [Mandela] wants to be at peace and try and recover as best as possible under the circumstances."

Zille however says some urgent family decisions need to be made.

"Decisions on certain issues around which there is no agreement needs to be made. The lack of agreement is the reason these issues have now come to a head."

She also placed flowers at the tribute wall, which has become an attraction for well-wishers.

Zille says South Africans must continue to focus on Mandela's great legacy and his extraordinary contribution to the country.