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South Africa establishes special team to deal with news reports on Mandela's health

Johannesburg , Tue, 28 Feb 2012 ANI

Johannesburg, Feb 28 (ANI): The South African government has decided to form a team comprising of local and foreign media, as well as government officials, to deal with future news reports on former president Nelson Mandela's health.


The decision to form the team was taken during a meeting between media and government representatives on Monday, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said in a statement.


"The character of the meeting was very positive. There was agreement and a meeting of minds on concerns about former president Nelson Mandela," News 24 quoted Manyi, as saying.


"All parties expressed appreciation around the concerns regarding Madiba's privacy and sensitivity in communicating on his health status," he added.


The task team would discuss how to manage Mandela's possible future hospital visits.


"All parties re-iterated their resolve not to negatively impact on Madiba's dignity and his family's privacy," Manyi said.


Meanwhile, Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has said there was "nothing wrong" with Mandela, who was admitted to a hospital on Saturday after complaining of a stomach ailment, and that he was admitted to undergo a laparoscopy. (ANI)


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