Nkosi Mandela wishes ailing former SA President FW De Klerk a speedy recovery
Well-wishers, including the grandson of Nelson Mandela, have been sending messages of goodwill to former South African President FW De Klerk who was admitted to hospital in Cape Town on Friday with a lung condition.
The 82 year-old, who is an Honorary patron of the Tutu Foundation UK, was the last apartheid-era president of South Africa. He also went on to serve as deputy president from 1994 to 1996.
Prominent among those wishing him a speedy recovery was Nkosi Mandela, MP, member of the Pan African Parliament and grandson of Nelson Mandela
A media statement from his office said: “We wish President De Klerk a speedy recovery as we learn of his hospitalisation. We wish him strength and trust that he receives the best treatment at from the Cape Town medical facility to which he was admitted yesterday.
President De Klerk recently paid a glowing tribute to President Nelson Mandela on the occasion of the Nelson Mandela Centennial Celebration at Mvezo, on 18 July 2018.
His words moved many to tears and his deep regard for the Father of the Nation was evident and palpable. He described Madiba as a man of principle and an extraordinary statesman and servant of the people.
President De Klerk described his relationship with Madiba in the years after their retirement and recalled how Madiba would call him and enquire about his health and wellbeing.
We hold him in our hearts and pray that God grants him a full and speedy recovery.
His contribution in South Africa's transition to democracy will be remembered for generations to come.
We wish the family every strength in this difficult time and hope that they find solace and comfort as they support him on the path to recovery. We send our love and best wishes.”
There was good news this morning after it was revealed that De Klerk was treated for pneumothorax - an abnormal collection of air in the pleural space between the lung and the chest wall. He underwent a successful procedure and is expected to be discharged from hospital sometime next week.