Mandela Remains Ill, Can’t Speak, Winnie Says

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Madikizela-Mandela’s comments come days before the release of the film based on Mandela’s autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” and which stars British actor Idris Elba. Madikizela-Mandela, 77, published a book of her prison diaries earlier this year entitled “491 Days: Prisoner number 1323/69.”

“Of course, I wish he could read the book, but I really wish he could see the film,” she said.

Madikizela-Mandela and Mandela divorced in 1996.

Mandela served a single five-year term as president of South Africa and afterward he focused on charitable causes, including the fight against HIV/AIDS. He withdrew from public life years ago. Mandela’s last public appearance was in 2010 at the World Cup soccer tournament, which was hosted by South Africa. At that time, bundled against the cold, he waved but did not speak to the stadium full of fans.

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