Mandela visits ailing Brenda Fassie at clinic

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela said top singer Brenda Fassie who is fighting for her life in a Johanensburg hospital has shown a determination to survive.
Mandela, after visiting the ailing singer Wednesday at Sunninghill Hospital, told journalists that he was impressed by Fassie's show of strength.
"She is a determined lady and she has shown her determination to survive," he said.
The Cape Town singer was admitted to the hospital last week following a heart attack.
She has since contracted a lung infection.
She has been in a coma since her admission.
Fassie also has a history of drug abuse.
Doctors at the hospital said Fassie's condition was "critical but stable.
" She has been visited in hospital by a number of prominent supporters, including President Thabo Mbeki and boxing legend Baby Jakes Matlala.
Fassie is South Africa's biggest ever recording artist, and she is popular throughout Africa.
Among her best selling albums are Nomakanjani and Amadlozi.

06 may 2004 10:29:00

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