Mandela’s eventual death will not impact on governance in South Africa – Mbeki

Former President Nelson Mandela

Mandela is currently on admittance at a hospital.

Former South Africa President, Thabo Mbeki, has said that the eventual death of Nelson Mandela would not impact on the country’s governance.

Mr. Mbeki told newsmen that the global icon’s health is improving after a two-week stay in a Pretoria hospital. He dismissed suggestions that Mandela’s eventual death would impact on governance, law, and order or policy direction in South Africa.

Mr. Mandela, who turns 95 next month, was admitted to the intensive care unit on June 8, his fourth hospitalization since December. He has been receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection.

“I maintain very close contact with the family and doctors about Nelson Mandela’s condition. I think we need to understand what has been said publicly by government, which is the fact that Nelson Mandela’s health is improving.

I don’t think anyone should entertain some sort of wrong notion, that Nelson Mandela is about to die tomorrow. He’s not going to. I think we need to feel comforted that we will have him with us in future,’’ Mr. Mbeki said.

He called on South Africans to rally together to build the country of their dreams, even in the eventual absence of himself and Mr. Mandela.

The last official update on his health was on June 16, when President Jacob Zuma said Mandela’s condition remains “serious, but was improving following intensive care by doctors.’’


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