Graca’s Madiba comments from 2009

Johannesburg - The eNCA apologised on Tuesday night for broadcasting an old interview with former president Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel.

Ailing anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel. File photo by AP. Credit: AP

“Machel was not responding in any way to Madiba's current hospital stay. We regret any confusion which may have been caused.”

In the recording, played in a bulletin on Monday night, Machel, said it pained her to see him (Mandela) lose his “sparkle”.

“To see him aging... it pains you. You understand and you know it has to happen... The spirit and the sparkle, you see that somehow it's fading.”

On Saturday, Zuma's office announced Mandela had been admitted to a Pretoria hospital for medical tests and care that was “consistent for his age”. - Sapa