Increased activity at Mandela home

05 December 2013 6:13 PM

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Increased activity at Mandela home

JOHANNESBURG - The family of critically ill former president Nelson Mandela on Thursday denied rumours of an urgent meeting at his Houghton, Johannesburg home.

This, despite a hive of activity outside the elder statesman's house this evening, but the cause of this increased activity is still unclear.

Around 25 cars line the street outside the house, while a large media contingent camps outside, including international press, while military vehicles, health department cars and official blue light vehicles have been seen dropping off visitors, among which has been Bantu Holomisa.

"No, I haven't heard anything about that," Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela, told Sapa.

Makaziwe Mandela, the former statesman's eldest daughter, declined to comment on the rumours and asked that she not be contacted again for comment.

Mandela spent almost three months in hospital after being admitted to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in June with a recurring lung infection.

Throughout his hospital stay, the Presidency reported that he was in a critical but stable condition.

Mandela was discharged in September and was receiving home-based medical treatment.

President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela at his Houghton home on November 18, after which his spokesman, Mac Maharaj said: "The health of the former president remains much the same as it was when President Zuma last visited him, which is stable but critical, while Madiba continues to respond to treatment."


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