No ban on visiting Mandela - ANC

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Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela's family has denied barring government officials from visiting him in hospital, the ANC said on Monday.

"We have spoken to the family about this report and they deny that they issued such an instruction or spoke to the media on barring the ANC and government from visiting Madiba," said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

"What we know is that given the pressure associated with the admission of president Mandela, there are general restrictions that permit only relevant people to have access."

The Star newspaper reported on Monday 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.

Mthembu said: "We will continue as the ANC to pray for his recovery and call on all South Africans and the world to keep him and his family in their prayers... we appreciate the good work that is [being] done by his medical team."

Earlier, the presidency said Mandela's condition was "unchanged".

"Former president Nelson Mandela remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged. Madiba was admitted on Saturday, 8 June 2013, for treatment in a Pretoria hospital for a lung infection," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

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.

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