Media scrum outside Mandela hospital

2013-06-10 09:43
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See the latest photos as members of the media assemble outside the hospital where Nelson Mandela is believed to be for the third day in a row.

Johannesburg - A large media contingent was still outside a Pretoria hospital on Monday morning, awaiting an update on former president Nelson Mandela's condition.

Despite the cold weather, numerous reporters and photographers were monitoring the two entrances of the big facility.

All parking spots in the street adjacent to the hospital had been taken by 07:00.

More than seven outside broadcast vans were on the scene and numerous cameras were focused on the hospital entrances.

Some passers-by enquired from the journalists how Mandela was doing in hospital.

'Serious but stable'

The elder statesman was admitted to hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning.

On Saturday, the presidency issued a statement saying Mandela was in a "serious but stable" condition and suffering from a recurring lung infection.

But since then, no official update has been available.

The Star newspaper reported that the Mandela family had taken charge of the 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner's hospital stay, banning everyone - including government leaders and senior party officials - from visiting him.

Mandela has been in and out of hospital in the past few years. At the end of March and in April this year, he spent nine days in hospital receiving treatment for recurring lung problems.

Earlier in March, he was admitted to a Pretoria hospital for a scheduled check-up and was discharged the following day.

In December last year, Mandela underwent an operation to remove gallstones and treat the recurring lung infection. He was discharged after an 18-day stay and placed under home-based high-care at his Houghton home.

In January, the presidency said Mandela had made a full recovery from the surgery and continued to improve. In February last year he was admitted to hospital for a stomach ailment.

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