‘Luxury vehicles with blue lights’ arrive at Mandela hospital

The throng outside the Medi-clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria
The throng outside the Medi-clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria

A convoy of four luxury vehicles fitted with blue lights arrived at the Pretoria hospital on Thursday where former president Nelson Mandela remains critically ill.

Three BMWs and a Mercedes-Benz Vito minivan passed through a security checkpoint at one of the hospital’s entrances. It could not immediately be confirmed whether President Jacob Zuma was in one of the cars.

The convoy arrived not long after Mandela’s relatives left the hospital.

The family members broke their usual visit routine and collected flowers well-wishers had placed outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital.

Ndileka Mandela, a granddaughter of the anti-apartheid icon, said he was in a critical, but stable condition.

Another grandchild, Zoleka Mandela, said it had been a tough time for the family.

“He’s stable, and we’d like to thank everyone for their support,” Zoleka Mandela said.

Ndileka Mandela said the public exposure had not been easy for the family to deal with.

“They’re [the family] anxious; he’s critical but stable. Lots of comfort from the messages of support. It’s harder going through this in the public eye.” – Sapa