Mandela’s condition “unchanged”

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Presidency on Monday morning issued its first statement on the health of ailing global statesman Nelson Mandela in 48 hours, saying his condition remained “unchanged”.  

“Former President Nelson Mandela remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged. Madiba was admitted on Saturday, 8 June 2013, for treatment in a Pretoria hospital for a lung infection.

''President Jacob Zuma reiterates his call for South Africa to pray for Madiba and the family during this time," the Presidency said.

On Saturday, President Zuma’s office confirmed that a "serious but stable" Mandela had been readmitted to a Pretoria hospital for his recurring lung infection.

In another development, Mandela’s family over the weekend announced that they were in charge of his well-being in hospital and that a decision had been taken to prevent outsiders – including ruling party officials – from visiting him.

The decision came after President Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and other party official sparked an outcry last month when they posed for photographs with Mandela, who looked distressed and uncomfortable.
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10 june 2013 10:53:07

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