Tight security at Mandela hospital

2013-06-11 10:24
Media vehicles line up on the street opposite the Pretoria hospital where Nelson Mandela is believed to be a patient. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Media vehicles line up on the street opposite the Pretoria hospital where Nelson Mandela is believed to be a patient. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Mandela in intensive care - Maharaj

2013-06-11 08:05

Former president Nelson Mandela is receiving intensive care at a Pretoria hospital, presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj says. Watch.WATCH

Pretoria - Police officers were on Tuesday manning the entrance to a Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is apparently being treated for a recurring lung infection.

The main entrance to the hospital in Arcadia was guarded by six police officers.

All vehicles entering the facility were checked and searched.

Despite the biting cold in Pretoria, local and international journalists were monitoring events at the two entrances.

Barricades were erected at the spot where journalists had been camping on Monday, forcing the media contingent to move across the street.

Police tape was used to cordon off the area.

Fourth day in hospital

The ailing statesman will spend his fourth day in hospital.

Mandela was admitted to hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The presidency at the time said he was in a "serious but stable" condition.

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

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

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Mandela was receiving intensive care.

African National Congress MP and Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had been at the hospital on Monday.

This is the third time this year the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been in hospital.

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 discharged the following day.

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