Mandela relatives leave hospital

2013-06-24 18:44
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Pretoria - Some relatives of the former president Nelson Mandela have left the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where he remains in a critical condition.

First seen leaving on Monday after a visit was grandson Ndaba Mandela, who arrived shortly after Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and daughter Zindzi Mandela.

Moments after his departure, daughter Makaziwe Mandela left in a red Range Rover.

Soon after Madikizela-Mandela got into the car she arrived in.

A Putco bus blocked the media’s view of the entrance as the car - fitted with blue police lights - left the premises.

Earlier in the day, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and UDM leader Bantu Holomisa arrived separately at the hospital.

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

Addressing the media in a briefing initially scheduled as an off-the-record editors' briefing on Monday, Zuma said Mandela’s condition had not changed.

"Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital and doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well-being and comfort," Zuma said in Johannesburg.

He and deputy ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa visited Mandela at the hospital on Sunday night.

"I was told by the doctors, that Madiba's health had changed in the past 24-hours and he was now critical," Zuma said.

"We had a discussion with the doctors and his [Mandela's] wife, Graça Machel... and then we left."

Zuma said he was not in a position to give further details.

It was speculated that he would soon pay another visit.

'Critical'

In reply to a question about Mandela's condition, Zuma reiterated: "I am not a doctor... When a person is critical, he is critical... I am not in a position to say how critical."

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

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