South Africa Quashes Mandela Health Speculation

(By SAPA)-FORMER South African president Nelson Mandela is in good health, the country’s Presidency confirmed on Friday.

This follows earlier rumours that he was readmitted to hospital.

Government said Madiba is enjoying the festive season at his Qunu home in the Eastern Cape.

“Former President Nelson Mandela is in good health, good spirits and enjoying the festive season at his home in Qunu,” President Jacob Zuma’s office said in a statement.

“The Presidency has received calls from the media enquiring about Madiba’s health. It appears that an end of year review done by a media house may have unfortunately triggered a rumour of ill-health.”

Zuma’s office wished Mandela a happy and successful 2012, on behalf of government and the people of South Africa.

Friday morning’s rumours were allegedly sparked by a television news station’s review of the big stories of 2011.

In January, Mandela was treated for a respiratory infection at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

Source: New Zimbabwe

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