Journalists swell at Mandela hospital

2013-06-24 10:19
The Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is in a critical condition. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

The Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is in a critical condition. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

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Pretoria - The number of journalists outside the Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is in a critical condition increased significantly on Monday morning.

Reporters' vehicles, including more than 10 broadcast vans, took up almost all the parking spots adjoining the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital.

Several police officers were manning the entrances to the hospital.

Before 06:00, three police officers stood at the hospital's entrance along the busy Park Street.

The officers searched cars entering the hospital premises. More officers were inside the facility.

The hospital's other entrance along Celliers Street was opened before 06:00. Police officers and hospital security searched all vehicles, including delivery vans.

Well-wishes adorned the hospital's security wall with get-well cards, balloons, flowers, and paintings.

On Sunday evening presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement: "The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical."

It was issued after a visit by President Jacob Zuma and African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

"They were briefed by the medical team who informed them that the former president's condition had become critical over the past 24-hours," said Maharaj.

Zuma and Ramaphosa also met Mandela's wife Graça Machel to discuss his condition.

"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.

He appealed to South Africans to continue praying for Mandela and his medical team.

Mandela, 94, was admitted to hospital on 8 June for treatment of a recurring lung infection.

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