Political parties and unions have sent their messages of support to the ailing former South African president Nelson Mandela.
The ANC says it wishes Madiba a speedy recovery. The ruling party also called for Mandela and his family to be given the necessary respect and privacy during this trying time. As the ANC, we will keep President Mandela and his family in our thoughts and prayers at this time and call upon South Africans and the peoples of the globe to do the same for our beloved statesman and icon, Madiba," says the ANC in statement.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) also sent its best wishes to the beloved national leader. "Our 2.2 million members, thousands of working people, millions of South Africans and countless more freedom-loving people around the world are thinking of you today and wishing that you make a full recovery and soon return home," says Cosatu in a statement.
The labour federation also hailed Madiba’s contribution to the struggle for freedom and democracy calling him a revolutionary icon and a model for all people battling against tyranny, exploitation and poverty.
In its message, the South African Communist Party also wished Mandela well. "We wish him a speedy recovery and all the best to the medical team that is taking care of him, to the family and to the former president, you are in our thoughts."
The Young Communist League (YCL) has appealed to both the public and the media to give the Mandela family and the doctors the privacy they need. "The YCLSA wishes him a speedy recovery, Tata is on our thoughts and we hope he will recover as soon as possible."
People around the world are thinking of Madiba today and wishing him a full recovery.
The country's first black president, Mandela was taken to hospital early
Saturday morning. Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj has confirmed
that his condition is serious this time but doctors have assured he is
At the end of March, Mandela was in hospital for nine days, also for treatment for the recurring lung problem. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has suffered lung ailments before. Early in March, he was admitted to a Pretoria hospital for a scheduled check-up and was discharged the following day.
In December last year, Mandela underwent an operation to remove gallstones and also for treatment for the recurring lung infection. He was discharged after an 18-day stay and placed under home-based high care at his Houghton home.
In January, the presidency said Mandela had made a full recovery from the surgery and continued to improve. In February last year he was admitted to hospital for a stomach ailment.
Mandela's last major public appearance was in July 2010, at the final of the Fifa World Cup at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. Since then he had spent his time between between Johannesburg and his ancestral village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape. He will celebrate his 95th birthday in July.