Mandela still critical: South African presidency

The Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria
The Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria

Former president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital, the presidency said on Tuesday.

“[Mandela’s] condition remains unchanged in hospital, and doctors continue to do their best to ensure his recovery, well-being and comfort,” spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

He said President Jacob Zuma thanked the public for their ongoing support and understanding.

Zuma said: “We must support him and support his family.

“We must demonstrate our love and appreciation for his leadership during the struggle for liberation and in our first few years of freedom and democracy by living out his legacy and promoting unity, non-racialism, non-sexism and prosperity in our country.”

Zuma also urged that Mandela and his family be shown sensitivity, dignity and privacy at this time.

The 94-year-old ailing icon was admitted to hospital on June 8 because of a recurring lung infection.

At the time, the presidency said Mandela was in a “serious but stable” condition.

However, on Sunday the presidency said his condition had become critical.

Mandela turns 95 on July 18.

Zuma said: “We must all be planning what to do next month in marking our 67 minutes of doing good for humanity as called upon by Madiba to do so, when he launched the International Mandela Day campaign.

“Let us make it the biggest Mandela Day ever on July 18, focusing on doing good all over the country.” – Sapa