An unnamed source close to former South African President Nelson Mandela told Reuters on Thursday that the 92-year-old icon is recuperating from a collapsed lung and could be released by Friday, News24 said on 27 January.
However, with the news blackout, the public is worried plus the fact that many high-profile people were seen visiting the anti-Apartheid leader from the time he was admitted at Johannesburg's Milpark Hospital on Wednesday.
Winnie Mandela was in tears after visiting her ex-husband. Other family members visited Mandela also.
The South African media called for up-to-date information on the state of health of the former leader on Friday.
Tim du Plessis, editor of Beeld newspaper wrote, "South Africans deserve a government taking them in its confidence."
The Star agreed, "For someone of his stature, the distinction between private and public should disappear given how millions around the world feel about him."
With the lack of news from the mainstream media, the alternative--social media--like Facebook and Twitter have become information sources.
Mandela's granddaughter, Zoleka, was quoted by The Star to have posted this message on her Facebook account, "I really hate to see you this way. It kills me each time. Know that i’m here for you as I believe you have always been there for me. You are never alone in this. We are all with you each and every step of the way. All you need to do is remember that you us at your back (sic) and call. I love you. You already know this. Spending my next few days with you just so I know that you’ll be ok! I’m saddened..."
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