Zuma briefing - as it happened

2013-06-24 10:00

President Jacob Zuma is holding a Sanef briefing with international and local journalists. See the updates here.

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Last Updated at 20:07

11:02 - Maharaj denies media report that Mandela had cardiac arrest before hospitalisation a fortnight ago.

11:00 - Maharaj says the breakdown of Mandela's ambulance "led to no adverse consequences [but] you can argue that it should have been reported... It's anyone's call"

Maharaj: "This incident has been used to stimulate a view: 'Don't trust the reports from the presidency'."

10:58 - Briefings on funeral arrangements would come from GCIS, says Maharaj.

10:56 - "It has been a privilege to live to see democracy and to be tutored by Mandela and Tambo and the like," says Maharaj.

10:54 - Mac Maharaj: Some reporting is verging on unethical conduct by interviewing other doctors on Madiba's condition. Violating privacy.

10:46 - Zuma is now finished speaking. 

10:44 - Zuma says education minister has a clear understanding of the job she's doing. "[Motshekga's] helping us change education."

10:42 - "I'm happy with [Motshekga's] performance. The task of education in SA is huge."

10:42 - Zuma on apartheid: "Education was used as an instrument to subjugate the majority of the country." Fixing it is "our priority number one".

10:40 - Zuma on education: I think the minister is doing very well.

10:39 - Zuma: "Mandela is old, people should accept that. He is 95, his age will trouble him."

10:38 - Zuma: Praying for Madiba is the way to honour him. "Let him get well, we pray for him."

10:37 - Zuma: "I'm not worried about Agang. Am I pronouncing it properly?"

10:35 - ANC is not worried about Agang entering political race in South Africa's 2014 National elections, Zuma says.

10:32 - Zuma on Obama: "I don't think you stop a visit because somebody's sick." He has been not well for some time as the visit was being planned, tweets The Guardian David Smith.

10:30 - EWN's Katy Kadopodis tweets: Zuma asked by journalist if Madiba is on life support... he repeats he's not a doctor. "When a person is critical, they are critical."

10:28 -  "Of course we are not happy because the global economic recession affected our own plans and programme" - Zuma on the weaker rand.

10:25 - Zuma says the rand's not an exception to other currencies in the world. It has not been [misbehaving] on its own. It has been resilient.

10:24 - Zuma says he also spoke to Mandela's wife, Graca Machel at the hospital on Sunday night.

10:20 - "I was there [at the hospital] with Cyril Ramaphosa last night [Sunday]. [Madiba] was already asleep."

Zuma says doctors are doing everything possible to ensure the well-being of Nelson Mandela.

10:19 - "I was told by the doctor that Madiba's health had changed in the past 24 hours... and that he was now critical."  

10:18 - Reporters now giving questions at briefing.

10:17 - "Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital." Zuma thanks media for support and keeping public informed.

10:14 - "Obama's visit presents an opportunity to show progress of the AU."

10:14 - "We look forward to PresidentBarack Obama's visit. [The] US is a "major trade investment tourism and tech partner for SA."

10:12 - "The ANC will be discussing the implementation of the NPC at its upcoming lekgotla. We welcome debate."

10:11 - " A stronger, cohesive and united ANC is good for the country."

10:10 - "Task of rebuilding our country could not all happen at once...there are communities we must still reach."

10:09 - "We are going over policies to see what has worked and what has not worked."

10:08 - "We've successfully challenged the HIV/Aids scourge and increased life expectancy."

10:07 - " Infrastructure investment has expanded....We must improve the quality of life for the poor and working class.

10:07 - "The fight against corruption continues."

10:05 - "The economy has expanded by 83% over the past 19 years. National income per capita up from R27 500 (1993) to R38 500 (2012)"

10:04 - "We have built homes. And quality education and healthcare is reaching millions more now. Also provide social grants."

10:03 - Zuma: "In a few months we will be marking 20 years of freedom. South Africa is a much better place than it was before 1994."

10:02 - President Jacob Zuma talks about the renewal of the ANC and says ANCYL is part of the renewal strategy.

10:00 - Zuma: "The African National Congress is in a much healthier and stronger space than it was last year."

09:59 - President Jacob Zuma has arrived to address the media.

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