Obama visits Mandela’s family as the anti-apartheid leader remains in hospital


While the former South African President Nelson Mandela remains still in the hospital owing to his critical health, US President Barack Obama visited Mandela’s daughters and grandchildren in Johannesburg on Saturday. Saturday is the first full day of the US President’s two-day trip to South Africa.

Focus Surrounds The Hospital Where Nelson Mandela's Condition Is Said To Be Critical 

Mr. Obama described meeting the family of Mandela as his “privilege” in a press statement, who is also referred by his tribal name Madiba by many South Africans.

“Today I had the privilege of meeting with members of the Mandela family at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, and spoke by telephone with Mrs. Graca Machel, who remained by her husband’s side in the hospital in Pretoria,” said Obama.

“I expressed my hope that Madiba draws peace and comfort from the time that he is spending with loved ones, and also expressed my heartfelt support for the entire family as they work through this difficult time. I also reaffirmed the profound impact that his legacy has had in building a free South Africa, and in inspiring people around the world – including me.”

Source: LAtimes, Cbsnews, WSJ

Published by Bhavesh Kumar

A multi-talented media professional with diverse experience spanning across journalism (digital and broadcast), management consultancy and documentary filmmaking. Worked for the leading newspaper (the Times of India) and news broadcaster (NDTV India) on their web portal, feature stories, shooting, scripting, programming and editing broadcast news. A creative mindset focused on executing new-age strategic communication initiatives with all its corresponding elements (clear and coherently written key messages, social media marketing and multimedia content) to ensure effective target audience impressions. Also, worked on several primary and secondary market research projects (Market Feasibility Study) for business expansion into new markets.

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