Conflicting reports cast shadow of doubt over health of Mandela

Former President Nelson Mandela’s family is giving conflicting reports about the former statesman’s health.

Last night his granddaughter, Swati Dlamini told eNCA that the elderly statesman is doing well.

But grandson Ndaba described Madiba’s condition as somber.

His eldest daughter Makaziwe, however made reference to the statesman being "on his death bed".

She told the SABC that - quote- "Tata is still with us. Very strong, as I said very courageous"- unquote.

Mandela spent almost three months in a Pretoria hospital earlier this year after being admitted with a recurring lung infection.

Last month the Presidency described Madiba's condition as being critical but stable after President Jacob Zuma paid him a visit at his Houghton home.

When contacted by eNCA this morning, the president's spokesman Mac Maharaj said he cannot comment on what family members are saying - only on what he's been told by doctors.

"He's ok. I actually saw him today so he's doing well and we you know as a family we thank the country and we thank the international community for their continued prayers and their support," said Dlamini.

- eNCA

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