Mandela’s alleged love child turned away from Pretoria hospital

Posted Jun 28, 2013 by Abdul Kuddus
A woman with a startling resemblance to ailing former President Nelson Mandela was turned away from the Pretoria hospital, according to reports.
Nelson Mandela  former President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999
Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999
Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
Onica Nyembezi Mothoa, 65, said the guards at the hospital gate had told her:
“We can see you look like him, but there is nothing we can do. We have been instructed not to let anyone into the hospital premises except the family.”
Ms. Mothoa claims she is Mandela's love child born to Mandela and Sophie Majeni, a domestic worker. She was born in Atteridgeville in 1947, and she claims that her mother met Mandela while she was working as a domestic worker in Pretoria.
Reportedly, Ms. Mothoa was earlier manhandled by security staff at Mandela ancestral home in Qunu, when she attempted to visit him.
“They manhandled me and told me they can’t let me into the premises. This is the most painful thing to be denied the opportunity to meet your father.”
On being spurned away from the hospital, Mothoa said:
"I don't want him to die before I meet him. I don't know why the family is not allowing him to tell them if he knows anything about my mother."
Reportedly, in August 2010, the Nelson Mandela Foundation decided to investigate Mothoa's claim, but later the matter was handed to Mandela’s family for resolution.
Earlier, a woman, Mpho Pule, also claimed of being a love child of Mandela. Reportedly Pule spent almost 12 years battling to see the man she believed was her father. She died last year, a month before Mandela's office declared that they were close to confirming her claim.
The 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon is housed at Pretoria Heart Hospital with severe lung infection.
Latest reports from the government Thursday said that Mandela was critical but stable. The update was broadcast after President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela at the hospital.
Prayers continue to pour in from over the country for Mandela who was incarcerated for 27 years before leading South Africa to its first democratic elections in 1994.