NewsSouthern AfricaZuma visits Mandela, blasts media for obituary


Posted on Thursday, 04 April 2013 15:57

Zuma visits Mandela, blasts media for obituary

By Crystal van Vyk

Former South African President Nelson Mandela/Photo©ReutersSouth African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday visited former President Nelson Mandela in hospital.


"Madiba is stable and we are thankful that he is responding well to treatment and that he is much better. We remain thankful for all the support to the family during this difficult time," Zuma said.

The president met members of the Mandela family, who expressed their gratitude for the support from South Africans and people from all over the world.

Presidency spokersperson, Mac Maharaj said Zuma received a briefing from doctors, indicating that the former president's condition was improving.

Maharaj said the Mandela remained under doctor's care for pneumonia.

In an earlier statement, doctors said the 94 year-old continued to respond satisfactorily to treatment and was much better than when he was admitted to hospital more than a week ago.

Meanwhile, South Africa's ruling ANC has expressed outrage over a television's airing of an obituary of Mandela.

An advertisement of the obituary, titled "Remembering Madiba 1918-2013" on Tuesday appeared on Universal Channel, which is aired in South Africa on DSTV, a satellite platform.

"This was uncalled for and totally insensitive on the part of DSTV as [former] President Mandela is alive and receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection, as reported by the presidency," spokesman Jackson Mtembu said.

Universal Channel said it had obituaries ready for major statesmen and offered a "sincere and heartfelt apology for the airing of such announcement... due to a technical error by our team".

According to reports several viewers vented their anger on social networking site Twitter, calling on the channel to pull the insert and apologise.

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