Mandela's condition unchanged - presidency

2013-06-25 14:39
Nelson Mandela (File, AFP)

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Pretoria - Former president Nelson Mandela’s condition remains unchanged and doctors are continuing to do their best to ensure his recovery, well-being and comfort, the presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.

Mandela has been in a Pretoria hospital since 8 June to treat a lung infection.

President Jacob Zuma thanked South Africans for their support and understanding.

“We must support him and support his family. We must demonstrate our love and appreciation for his leadership during the struggle for liberation and in our first few years of freedom and democracy by living out his legacy and promoting unity, non-racialism, non-sexism and prosperity in our country,” said President Zuma.

The presidency also called on members of the public to make plans to mark their 67 minutes of charitable work.

“Let us make it the biggest Mandela Day ever on the 18th of July, focusing on doing good all over the country,” said President Zuma.

President Zuma also urged that Madiba and his family be accorded the necessary sensitivity, dignity and privacy at this time.

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