Statement by Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe on the update regarding Health of Former President Nelson Mandela, 31 January 2011

The medical team looking after former President Mandela led by the Surgeon General Veejay Ramlakan has reported that he had a restful and peaceful night. President Mandela is said to be responding to medication and treatment. The close monitoring and 24 hour care from the team of specialist continues.

The South African National Defence Force has established communication with the traditional leaders of Madiba’s clan to inform them of his condition and the support he continues to receive.

The doctors who are taking care of President Mandela remain concerned about the number of people visiting. Once again we want to appeal to all that we accord the former President and his family the space to support him in privacy and dignity which he deserves. Doctors must also be allowed to do their work without any undue pressure and in an atmosphere that allows them to carry on with their duties without any disturbance.

We will continue to keep the country, our people and friends throughout the world informed of the developments. The South African National Defence Force which reports to the President on a regular basis on this matter has arranged itself to take enquiries and prepare responses on this matter

We wish to take this opportunity to thank all our people and friends around the world for their continued support to President Mandela and his family and want to assure them that we are doing all we can to ensure that he recovers  fully. We appreciate all the prayers and love shown to Madiba.  

Issued by the Presidency
31 January 2011

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