Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Pros show support for Madiba

27 June 2013, 12:04

Johannesburg - The Sunshine Tour’s professional golfers showed their support for ailing former President Nelson Mandela by wearing beaded South African flags during the first round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at Selborne Park Golf Club in KwaZulu-Natal.

Jean Hugo, a 13-time winner on tour sported the flag on his cap on Wednesday.

Mandela was known, over the years, to phone South Africa’s top golfers when they achieved internationally.

Shortly after he was admitted to hospital on June 8 for treatment of a recurring lung infection, South Africa's most successful golfer post 1992, Ernie Els, said Mandela had often contacted him earlier in his career.

"When I won a lot of tournaments in the '90s and early part of the 2000s, we spoke a lot on the telephone," Els said in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, where he was preparing to play in the US Open.

"He always felt proud of what the sporting athletes out of South Africa did for the country, you know, winning worldwide events. He always felt very proud of that. Yeah, through that instance we had a really nice relationship.

"We'll just - we're hoping for the best. Whatever outcome that might be. I just want him to be well."

Els said he had not seen Mandela for a number of years, but hoped for his recovery.

"Yeah, South Africans, we're obviously very concerned about President Mandela. He's 94-years-old now. He's almost on to his 95th birthday, and he's been quite ill for a while now.

"So we're just hoping for the best. I haven't seen him for quite a few years now. I haven't seen him for probably seven or eight years now. But we've had always a great relationship."

- Sapa

Join in the conversation on our Facebook page. Also get the latest news by following us on Twitter.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Jayne Zack
I am in ODM to stay, Busia Depu...

Busia Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa told Deputy President William on the face that he was in the Orange Democratic Movement to stay. Read more...

Boda Boda operators in Bahati rai...

Motorbike Boda Boda operators from Bahati Sub county on Tuesday took to the streets of Nakuru’s CBD lamenting over what they term is harassment by patrol police officers in the area. Read more...

Submitted by
Gabriel Ngallah
Human Rights activist lives in fe...

The Human rights fraternity in Mombasa is currently living in fear after the home of one of the vocal human rights champion was invaded on Monday night. Read more...

Submitted by
kel wesh
Poisonous milk powder siezed by K...

The Kenya Revenue Authority has seized two containers with illegal milk powder which had been declared as gypsum board at Mombasa port. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Be ready for protests, Raila warn...

Expect protests if meddling with Auditor General continues, Raila Odinga has said. Read more...

Submitted by
Kenya says will return to interna...

Kenya will return to international markets to borrow when it feels the time is right, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said on Tuesday. Read more...