SA presidency says Mandela's health has improved

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Presidency said on Thursday that the health of former President Nelson Mandela has improved, though it remains ''critical but stable''.

''President Jacob Zuma visited former President Nelson Mandela in hospital in Pretoria today, 27 June, and was informed by the medical team that Madiba's condition has improved during the course of the night. He remains critical but is now stable,'' PANA quoted the Presidency to have said in a statement posted on its website.

"I cancelled my visit to Mozambique today so that I could see him and confer with the doctors. He is much better today than he was when I saw him last night. The medical team continues to do a sterling job. We must pray for Tata's (father) health and wish him well. We must also continue with our work and daily activities while Madiba remains hospitalised, " President Zuma said.

The statement, an update on another that was issued on Wednesday night announcing the cancellation of President Zuma's trip to Mozambique, said the Presidency was disturbed by the rumours that are being spread about former President Mandela's health.

''We appeal for respect for the privacy and dignity of the former President,'' it said.

Unconfirmed reports have said the global icon has been placed on life support, raising fears about his health.

Mandela, 94, has been in a Pretoria hospital since 8 June, when he was taken to the hospital for a recurring lung infection.
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27 june 2013 15:00:02

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