June 22nd, 2013
07:00 AM ET

Spokesman: Ambulance rushing Mandela to hospital broke down

An ambulance transporting former South African President Nelson Mandela to the hospital two weeks ago had engine trouble on the way there, but the anti-apartheid icon was never at risk, a government spokesman said Saturday.

"When the ambulance experienced engine problems it was decided that it would be best to transfer to another military ambulance which itself was accompanied for the rest of the journey by a civilian ambulance," spokesman Mac Maharaj said.

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  1. RUFFNUTT ( D.M.I. ALLIANCE LOGISTICS OFFICER AND ROYALS FAN!!)

    i cant believe they didnt have a tow strap in the back... or that he sat on the sid of the road for 45mins...
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    i figured they would hitch hike or something...
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    did any one find or if they got the ambulance fixed?

    June 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    This is news two weeks later?🙄

    June 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lol @ banasy, maybe the revamping they were talking about was going from ~ this just in too ~ we forgot to tell you.

    June 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fitness Events NYC

    They need to get better equipment! This man was an icon there is no reason why people needing medical care should be breaking down on the side of the road.

    February 2, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |