‘Madiba is not in a vegetative state’

By Drum Digital
05 July 2013

Presidency has denied rumours that former President Nelson Mandela “is in a vegetative state”.

This was communicated through a statement after the presidency noted media reports about the condition of Madiba and wanted to “make a clarification”.

The presidency insist that Madiba is receiving the best medical attention and “remains [in a] critical but stable condition”. “We confirm our earlier statement released this afternoon after President Jacob Zuma visited Madiba in hospital that Madiba remains in a critical, but stable condition. The doctors deny that the former President is in a vegetative state,” the statement reads. The presidency assures the ailing former statesman is under the care of a team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals who attend to Madiba on a 24 hour basis.

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