Madiba is fine and resting in Qunu

30 December 2011 - 13:24 By Sapa
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
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After a flurry of rumours -- apparently triggered by a TV news station's review of 2011 stories -- that Nelson Mandela was not well, the presidency on Friday moved to quell any fears about the nation's favourite elder statesman.

Former President Nelson Mandela was in good health, good spirits and enjoying the festive season at his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, the presidency said.

"The presidency has received calls from the media enquiring about Madiba's health," spokesman Mac Maharaj said.

"It appears that an end of year review done by a media house may have unfortunately triggered a rumour of ill-health."

ENews, in a review of the year, carried file footage of Madiba being taken to hospital in Johannesburg in January 2011.

Maharaj said President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of government and the people of South Africa, wished Madiba a very happy and successful 2012.