Zuma visits Mandela, health remains critical but stable - Presidency

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma Monday visited former President Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton, where he has continued to recover since he was discharged from a three-month stay in hospital last Sept., the South African presidency has announced.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said the health of the former President remains ''much the same as it was'' when President Zuma last visited him, which is stable but critical.

He however said that the man fondly called Madiba continues to respond to treatment.

''President Zuma conveyed the well wishes of all South Africans and those of the peoples of the world to the Mandela family and assured them that nations are united in their thoughts and prayers for him,'' Maharaj said in a statement.

''In addition, President Zuma expressed the good wishes of the leaders of the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting (CHOGM) from which he returned last night.

''The President used the opportunity to personally present Madiba with the Lifetime Award for Global Peace from the Mahathir Global Peace Foundation, which he received on his behalf in Malaysia,'' the spokesman added.

The health of the 95-year-old leader of the anti-apartheid movement has become a global concern since 8 June, when he was admitted to the hospital for a recurring lung infection.
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