South Africa: Mandela’s Family Denies Barring ANC Visitors

Reports that Mandela's family has banned visits from the ANC and other government officials have been rebuffed. (Google Images)

Reports that Mandela’s family has banned visits from the ANC and other government officials have been rebuffed. (Google Images)

The Mail & Guardian (South Africa) is denying reports that former South African president Nelson Mandela’s family has barred the African National Congress and other government officials from visiting the ailing icon. The author writes:

“We have spoken to the family about this report and they deny that they issued such an instruction or spoke to the media on barring the ANC and government from visiting Madiba,” said spokesperson Jackson Mthembu in a statement.

“What we know is that given the pressure associated with the admission of president Mandela, there are general restrictions that permit only relevant people to have access.” 

The Star newspaper reported on Monday that the Mandela family had taken charge of the 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner’s hospital stay, banning everyone – including government leaders and senior party officials – from visiting him.

Read more at Mail & Guardian.

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