Presidency: Mandela's condition unchanged

2013-06-10 10:57
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Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela's condition remained "unchanged" on Monday morning, the presidency said in a statement.

"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.

"President Jacob Zuma reiterates his call for South Africa to pray for Madiba and the family during this time," the Presidency said.

This was the first update in more than 48 hours since the presidency announced on Saturday morning that he was in a "serious but stable" condition after being admitted to a Pretoria hospital in the early hours of that morning.

The ANC also said earlier on Monday that it does not know about ruling party officials reportedly being banned from visiting Mandela in hospital.

"I'm not aware [of that]," ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said.

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.

The media continued camping outside his house in Houghton, Johannesburg, and the Pretoria hospital

About 12 journalists and eight cameras were stationed across the road from Mandela's Houghton house.

Messages of support on stones surrounded plants outside Mandela's home from the ailing icon's previous hospital stay earlier this year.

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