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Mandela ex-wife cautions media

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 - 01:22

June 29 - The former wife of Nelson Mandela says his condition is improving but cautions the media over some of its coverage. Paul Chapman reports.

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The ex-wife of South Africa's anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela says his condition is improving after three weeks in hospital. But Winnie Mandela, speaking on Friday outside his former Soweto home, issued a note of caution over media coverage. (SOUNDBITE)(English) WINNIE MANDELA, FORMER WIFE OF NELSON MANDELA, SAYING: "The role of the media is to inform and we are here to say thank you very much and there may be problems here and there when some of you get carried away with the reports and talk about our father in the past tense." South African police on Friday seized a remote controlled camera drone flying around the hospital in Pretoria where Mandela is being treated. Freelance film maker F. C Hamman was questioned for four hours but later released, although the drone camera was confiscated. Hamman said he'd been careful not to fly it over the hospital. The intense media scrutiny has angered some members of Mandela's family. As night fell well-wishers kept up their vigil outside the hospital. The White House says U.S. President Barack Obama will defer to Mandela's family on whether to visit him following his arrival in the country on a three-nation Africa tour.

Mandela ex-wife cautions media

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 - 01:22

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