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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:51 PM

South African icon Nelson Mandela hospitalized

Source: AP-Excite

By JON GAMBRELL

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela was admitted to a military hospital Saturday for medical tests, though the nation's president told the public there was "no cause for alarm" over the 94-year-old icon's health.

The statement issued by President Jacob Zuma's spokesman said that Mandela was doing well and was receiving medical care "which is consistent for his age." The statement offered no other details.

Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for fighting racist white rule, became South Africa's first black president in 1994 and served one five-year term. He later retired from public life to live in his village of Qunu, and last made a public appearance when his country hosted the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament.

"We wish Madiba all the best," Zuma said in the statement, using Mandela's clan name. "The medical team is assured of our support as they look after and ensure the comfort of our beloved founding president of a free and democratic South Africa."

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Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20121208/DA31NRQ01.html





In this June 17, 2010 file photo, former South African President, Nelson Mandela leaves the chapel after attending the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa. South African President Jacob Zuma says that former President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in Pretoria to undergo tests. Zuma issued a statement Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 saying that Mandela is "doing well and there is no cause for alarm." (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool, File)

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Omaha Steve Dec 2012 OP
Ash_F Dec 2012 #1
sheshe2 Dec 2012 #2
Ken Burch Dec 2012 #3
Marrah_G Dec 2012 #4
Ken Burch Dec 2012 #5
struggle4progress Dec 2012 #6
Overseas Dec 2012 #7
goclark Dec 2012 #16
LeftInTX Dec 2012 #8
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #9
Scabby57 Dec 2012 #10
struggle4progress Dec 2012 #11
MzShellG Dec 2012 #12
struggle4progress Dec 2012 #13
Diclotican Dec 2012 #14
truthisfreedom Dec 2012 #15

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:53 PM

1. Hey, remember when half our politicians called him a terrorist? /nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:58 PM

2. Be Well Nelson Mandela!

The world loves you!

You are an extraordinary man who has enriched our very souls. Thank you for that!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:58 PM

3. When President Mandela DOES die, the ONLY meaningful tribute the world's leaders could pay him...

would be to FINALLY release South Africa from the brutal constraints on social spending and wages that have been imposed on the country since the liberation by the IMF. It's time to finally allow the last vestige of apartheid, "free-market" economics, combined with austerity in what honest people must call Economic Apartheid, to be brought to an end.

The labor of the black majority created all of South Africa's vast wealth, for decades at the cost of their freedom and to this day to the occasional cost of their lives in mining accidents...that black majority must FINALLY be given what it is due...the majority of the wealth they created and continue to create.

May the last shackles be broken.

Amandla Awethu!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:07 AM

4. 94!!!!

He still looks amazing.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:11 AM

5. All those years on Robben Island would toughen a guy up.

n/t.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:53 AM

6. Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:21 AM

7. Such a beautiful man! Such a noble statesman.

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Response to Overseas (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 06:40 AM

16. What a gift

he is to the world!!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:30 AM

8. Hoping for a speedy recovery.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:58 PM

9. Get well, Mr. Mandela!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:04 PM

10. Speedy Recovery Great One

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:30 PM

11. Nelson Mandela 'has stopped talking'

South African leaders issued assurances about the health of former president Nelson Mandela on Sunday night after the 94 year-old was airlifted to hospital having reportedly stopped speaking amid a deterioration in his condition.
By Erin Conway-Smith, Cape Town4:28PM GMT 09 Dec 2012

The Sunday Times, a South African newspaper, quoted an unnamed person close to the Mandela family as saying: "He has not been talking ... he is not looking good. It's clear that something is troubling him."

Mr Mandela, the country's first black president, spent a second day at the Pretoria hospital where he is said to be undergoing tests. On Saturday he was flown from his rural home in the Eastern Cape to the capital Pretoria to receive medical attention.

President Jacob Zuma visited Mr Mandela, whose health has been frail in recent years, and "found him comfortable, and in good care," a statement said.

No details have been released about the specific reason for Mr Mandela's admission to hospital, or when he will be discharged ...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nelson-mandela/9733036/Nelson-Mandela-has-stopped-talking.html

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:38 PM

12. Praying for his swift recovery. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:10 PM

13. Zuma visits Mandela in hospital

South African president Jacob Zuma has visited former president Nelson Mandela, who is in hospital for a second day in Pretoria undergoing medical tests.

Following his visit, Mr Zuma told media he found 94-year-old Mr Mandela "comfortable, and in good care" ...

Government officials have worked to allay fears over his health, but have stopped short of releasing any details of his medical condition, except to say the tests and medical attention he is receiving are consistent with his age.

"I think he has had a restful night, the doctors are comfortable about it, they are continuing monitoring," Mac Maharaj, Zuma's spokesman and a former fellow prisoner with Mr Mandela, said ...

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-10/zuma-visits-mandela-in-hospital/4417650



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:41 PM

14. Omaha Steve

Omaha Steve

He is a great man who managed to preside over the handover from apartheid to a democratic country of sorts. The country have more or less been kept together out of respect for that great man who for many inside and outside was and are a symbol of South Africa as a Nation where white, brown, black and the colors between can live and prosper...

But it is also a country with great troubles - one of them is the lack of land for the poor countryside.. Even with more than two decades of re-distribution of land to the black farmers - most of the best fertile land is in the hand of a white minority - and it have been reported, at least the last decade lot of incidences where black mobs have trying their best to plunder the white owners estate - and to occupy the land, and to threatened the white owners to "sign over" the land.. Many have also making a que from Zimbabwe who in the early 2000s kind of "re-distributed" the land, trowing out the white owners, and was given it - to the supporters of the then President - most of the Zimbabwe people who was given the land, was in no shape or had the knowledge about how to farm modern, and the result was a catastrophe for the country - who once was the bread basket of most of Africa, are now more or less in need of import of most of their food...

What I am trying to say here - what become after Nelson Mandela is dead - and what become of South Africa when they no longer have the moral compass of Mr Nelson Mandela to steer after?.. What will become of the many who is desperate for land, and a future when they doesn't have mr Mandela to sort of calm the rough sea down a little... What will become of South Africa when the more extreme groups inside of ANC do not longer have him to put them in their places.. It is not that long ago, a youth leader of the ANC stated, rather public, that when Mandela was not there to put him in his places, he and the youth group of the ANC would "solve the matter of land by force - like they did it in Zimwabwe"... That made many scared, not just white, but also everyone else, who might own land, or who owned property in South Africa...

I live in the opposite part of the world from South Africa - but I do fear for the country after Nelson Mandela is no longer there as a strong moral compass about how to solve the big issues South Africa have today and have had for many many years.. Old Mandela will not be there forever - even with the best doctors, and the best care in the world, a 94 year old man will not live forever.. The day he dies, I fear the world would be a far more dangrous again.. And South Africa on a whole new directions.. A directions who would not allways go the way of peace and prosperity - it is a lot of anger under the rug in South Africa - it is one of the most violent places in the world.. City's like Cape Town is some of the most dangrous City's in the world today...

Diclotican

Diclotican

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 04:42 AM

15. It's amazing he's lived this long!

Be well, Nelson.

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