Nelson Mandela in critical condition

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday.

The office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement that he had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader at a hospital Sunday evening and was informed by the medical team that Mandela’s condition had become critical in the past 24 hours.

“The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands,” Zuma said in the statement, using Mandela’s clan name.

Two weeks after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was admitted to hospital with a lung infection, the government said this morning that his condition has deteriorated to critical.

Mr Mandela’s eldest daughter, meanwhile, says the family is taking it one day at a time as her father remains in a critical condition, but she believes he is at peace

“All we do every day is take one day at a time and pray to the good Lord,” Makaziwe Mandela.

Zuma appealed to South Africans and the rest of the world to pray for Mandela, his family and the medical team that is attending to him.
On April 29, state television broadcast footage of a visit by Zuma and other leaders of the African National Congress to Mandela’s home. Zuma said at the time that Mandela was in good shape, but the footage — the first public images of Mandela in nearly a year — showed him silent and unresponsive, even when Zuma tried to hold his hand.
Mandela was jailed for 27 years under white racist rule and was released in 1990. He then played a leading role in steering the divided country from the apartheid era to democracy, becoming South Africa’s first black president in all-race elections in 1994.

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