Journalists keep up Mandela reports

2013-07-01 22:23
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Johannesburg - It was quiet on Monday afternoon outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, in Pretoria, where former president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition.

Passers-by took pictures of get-well messages left on the wall of the hospital on Celliers Street in Sunnyside.

International journalists, who have set camp along the street, continued to broadcast live from there.

Residents in nearby flats moved up and down the street trying to get the latest news on Mandela from journalists.

"How is he [Mandela] doing? I thought you guys will be the first to know," said Angie Makge.

She said she wanted to know whether the former president's health was improving.

Media reports on Monday were not clear about Mandela's condition, she said.

On Monday, which was Mandela's 24th day in hospital, the presidency said his condition was still critical, but stable.

"We remind all South Africans to begin planning for Madiba's birthday on 18 July," President Jacob Zuma said in a statement.

"We must all be able to do something good for humanity on this day, in tribute to our former president."

Zuma thanked everyone who had kept Mandela and his family in their thoughts and prayers.

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