As journalists are fighting to see sick Nelson Madela South Africa president Jacob Zuma has called upon the media to respect Mandela’s privacy
The call comes after government issued a statement that the 93 – year – old beloved anti-apartheid icon has been hospitalized with a stomach ailment.
Zuma said Mandela has had a long-standing abdominal complaint and doctors feel it needs proper specialist medical attention and his privacy need to be respected.
Three days ago a rumor was spread on social network “Twitter” that Mandela is dead and government is hiding it
Journalist from all over the world are in the county to cover the story however no one is allowed to see him
However up its not disclosed which hospital Mandela was being treated. In 2011, he was hospitalized for a few days with an acute respiratory infection.
Mac Maharaj, Zuma's spokesman, said he could not immediately elaborate but that he would be issuing regular updates.
The South African military, which had taken charge of Mandela's health care after he was hospitalized last year, and a spokesman for Mandela's office said he would have no statement
Mandela has taken up permanent residence at his home in Qunu, in the southwestern region of South Africa where he was raised.