Keep Mandela in your prayers - Zuma

2013-08-01 13:08
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

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Pretoria - There was little activity outside the Pretoria hospital on Thursday, where former president Nelson Mandela is being treated.

Tshwane metro police were still manning the cordoned-off section of the Celliers Street entrance, although traffic was minimal near the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital.

Few people visited the hospital to take pictures of the wall, which was covered with messages and flowers for the ailing former president.

A handful of local and international journalists remained outside both entrances to the facility.

The global icon was admitted to the hospital on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

Thursday was his 55th day there.

On Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma said Mandela was in a critical but stable condition.

"The former president of the ANC and founding president of a free and democratic South Africa is sadly still in hospital, where he remains in a critical but stable condition," Zuma said at a business meeting in Midrand.

"The doctors are doing everything they can to ensure an improvement in his health."

He urged South Africans to continue keeping the elder statesman in their thoughts and prayers."

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