Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader, was taken to a hospital in Pretoria with a lung infection, the white ambulance with green stripes followed by the two black official vehicles with blue lights did not give comfort to the people who had a lot of questions unanswered and who were concern with the health of their leader.
Mc Marahaj the spokesperson for the presidency said about Mr Mandela health “is serious this time,” adding: “Every day that he gets older it gets more serious.” “he is in stable condition, this is a recurring condition” and “there is no guaranty forever, the doctors said that he is able to breath on his own”
“During the past few days, former President Nelson Mandela has had a recurrence of lung infection,” said a statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma. “This morning at about 1.30 am., his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Pretoria hospital.
It said Mandela was receiving expert medical care and “doctors are doing everything possible to make him better and comfortable.”
Zuma wished Mandela a quick recovery on behalf of the government and the nation and requested that the media and the public respect the privacy of the former leader and his family, the statement said
“We will keep President Mandela and his family in our thoughts and prayers at this time and call upon South Africans and the peoples of the globe to do the same for our beloved statesman and icon, Madiba,” the party said in a statement.
“He is going to survive,” said Willie Mokoena, a gardener in Johannesburg. “He’s a strong man.”
Mandela is 94 years old and everybody is worried, “we still need him” and “he is the father of our nation” people were saying on the streets.
“Nelson Mandela is a father to South Africa and South Africans; every time he is admitted to hospital we feel saddened along with the rest of our country,” the Democratic Alliance, the main political opposition party, said in a statement.
He has been treated several times in recent moths with the last occurrence on April 6 when the doctors drain liquid from his lungs and diagnosed him with pneumonia.
He has a lot of respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27 years of imprisonment under the apartheid rule.
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 into Thembu royal family in Mvezo village in southeastern South Africa and helped end the white racist rule.
Written by Edgar Soto