Mandela remains 'critical but stable'

JOHANNESBURG Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:21am EDT

1 of 7. Boys stand in front of messages of support for former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated in Pretoria June 29, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Kevin Coombs

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African president Nelson Mandela's condition remains "critical but stable" but the government hopes the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero will be out of hospital soon, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

"We hope that very soon he will be out of hospital," Zuma said at a televised press conference with visiting U.S. President Barack Obama. Mandela has been in hospital for three weeks for treatment for a recurring lung infection.

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard and Ed Cropley; Editing by Ed Cropley)

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royalcourtier wrote:
Mandela ordered or inspired far more terrorist acts than Osama bin Laden did. Both called for freedom for their people, and chose a path of terrorism and murder.

Mandela is praised by President Obama as a hero. He is no more a hero than bin Laden was. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years after conviction on charges of terrorism – charges which he didn’t really deny, and of being a member of the Communist Party – which he did deny, though his denial was a lie. He was offered freedom in 1985 if he renounced terrorism. He refused.

Bin Laden was assassinated by the USA without a trial or even being charged. He didn’t receive the mercy and justice of a fair trial.

If one is a hero and a martyr, so is the other.

Jun 28, 2013 10:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
royalcourtier wrote:
Mandela ordered or inspired far more terrorist acts than Osama bin Laden did. Both called for freedom for their people, and chose a path of terrorism and murder.

Mandela is praised by President Obama as a hero. He is no more a hero than bin Laden was. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years after conviction on charges of terrorism – charges which he didn’t really deny, and of being a member of the Communist Party – which he did deny, though his denial was a lie. He was offered freedom in 1985 if he renounced terrorism. He refused.

Bin Laden was assassinated by the USA without a trial or even being charged. He didn’t receive the mercy and justice of a fair trial.

If one is a hero and a martyr, so is the other.

Jun 28, 2013 10:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
royalcourtier wrote:
Mandela ordered or inspired far more terrorist acts than Osama bin Laden did. Both called for freedom for their people, and chose a path of terrorism and murder.

Mandela is praised by President Obama as a hero. He is no more a hero than bin Laden was. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years after conviction on charges of terrorism – charges which he didn’t really deny, and of being a member of the Communist Party – which he did deny, though his denial was a lie. He was offered freedom in 1985 if he renounced terrorism. He refused.

Bin Laden was assassinated by the USA without a trial or even being charged. He didn’t receive the mercy and justice of a fair trial.

If one is a hero and a martyr, so is the other.

Jun 28, 2013 10:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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