Mandela dispels reports of declining health

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela Wednesday said he was "doing very well", dispelling media reports that his health was on the decline.
The renowned statesman was speaking to journalists after Britain's Open University awarded him an honorary doctorate degree at a ceremony in Cape Town.
The University's chancellor, former House of Commons speaker Baroness Betty Boothroyd and its vice-chancellor, former Natal University principal Professor, Brenda Gourley, attended the ceremony.
Mandela said his health was "fine" and that he was well rested after a recent holiday in Mauritius.
The aged former president's cancellation of some public engagements in recent times had raised speculations of ill health.
But, Mandela said that for many years the media had always questioned his health.
"Others have gone further and said I am on the eve of going to my grave.
If that day comes, I will go and knock at the door of heaven.
They will look at the list and say: 'Your name is not here'," he joked.

04 february 2004 11:49:00




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