Mandela: ANC 'disturbed by consistent rumours'

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has urged South Africans to desist from ''unhelpful and hurtful rumours'' about the health of former President Nelson Mandela, who is lying critically ill at a Pretoria hospital.

''We call upon all South Africans to desist from such unhelpful and hurtful rumours about President Mandela,'' ANC Spokesman Jackson Mthembu said in a statement on Thursday.

''These statements demonstrate insensitivity by those who continue to repeat them to not only to Madiba and his family but all the people of South Africa and the world who love Madiba dearly,'' he said, without saying what the rumours are.

PANA reports, however, that a section of  the media has reported that Mandela is now on life support, raising fears about his state of health.

The ANC statement came as the South African Presidency said Mandela's health has improved overnight, and upgraded his health status to ''critical but stable''.

The ruling party said the Presidency remains the only authoritative source of information regarding Mandela's health.

''It is a matter of public record that Comrade Madiba remains in a critical but now stable condition in hospital. The African National Congress is disturbed by consistent rumours being peddled in the media and elsewhere around the state of health of President Mandela,'' it said.
-0- PANA SEG 27June2013

27 june 2013 15:28:36




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