Nelson Mandela’s condition deteriorates

President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, Ju...

President Nelson Mandela, July 4 1993. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa’s health has deteriorated. Mr Mandela was admitted to a Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on 8 June, suffering from a long-standing lung infection.

“The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical,” Mac Maharaj, president Zuma’s spokesperson said on Sunday.

CBS, an American news broadcaster at the weekend added that Mandela was “unresponsive” and “has not opened his eyes for days”.

  • The 94-year old apartheid icon’s condition became ‘critical’ over the weekend
  • Mandela’s wife Graca Machel at the hospital
  •  Jacob Zuma, the South African President visited Mr Mandela in hospital late Sunday
  • President Zuma visited the hospital alongside ruling ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.
  • The medical team is doing all they can to keep the former President comfortable according to officials
  • The presidency refutes reports of a cardiac arrest

Mr Mandela checked into hospital four times since December 2012. The latest is the longest he has been in hospital.

In a statement President Zuma said : “The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba (Mr Mandela’s Xhosa name) is well-looked after and is comfortable.

“He is in good hands,” Mr Zuma added.

Both Zuma and Ramaphosa appeal for prayers for the ailing Mandela, the medical team as well as the family.


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