Mandela remains critical

2013-06-24 06:48

Pretoria - There was minimal movement of vehicles on Monday morning at the Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is in a critical condition.

The hospital's entrance in Celliers Street was closed and police were manning the other entrance in Park Street.

News crews converged on the hospital on Sunday night after the presidency announced that Mandela's condition had deteriorated. Most of them had left by 03:00 on Monday.

Even so, more than 20 vehicles, including the outside broadcast vans of local and international media, occupied the parking along Celliers Street.

A few reporters braved the biting early morning cold to chat near the hospital's Park Street entrance. Some of them held cameras.

Several police officers were stationed inside the hospital premises. A police Toyota Quantum was parked in the grounds, near the entrance on Park Street.

Two security guards manned the entrance and numerous police vehicles patrolled the area.

'Critical' condition

"The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement issued on Sunday night.

It was issued after a visit by President Jacob Zuma and African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

"They were briefed by the medical team who informed them that the former President's condition had become critical over the past 24-hours," said Maharaj.
Zuma and Ramaphosa also met Mandela's wife Graca Machel to discuss his condition.

"The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable," Zuma said in the statement. "He is in good hands."

Zuma appealed to South Africans to continue praying for Mandela and his medical team.

Mandela, 94, was admitted to hospital on June 8 for treatment of a recurring lung infection.

Well-wishers have adorned the hospital's security wall with get-well cards, balloons, flowers and paintings.

All quiet at Mandela home

Meanwhile, all was quiet outside Mandela's home in Johannesburg in the early hours of Monday morning.

Shortly after 02:00, a silver Jeep arrived at the house. The driver pulled up outside the black gates, flashed the vehicle's headlights and, when there was no response, hooted twice. The gates opened.

Two broadcasting teams arrived at the house on Sunday night, but left a short while later.

The street was otherwise quiet, with only the occasional armed response patrol.

Stones bearing the messages "God Bless Madiba", "Thanx father" and "I love you Madiba", roses and cards shone under a streetlight in front of the house.
They have been left by well-wishers in the days since Mandela was hospitalised.

On Sunday night, the anti-apartheid icon and Nobel peace prize laureate's house was dark with only an entrance light visible through the large windows facing the road.

  • Thabo R Phetoane - 2013-06-24 07:12

    Critical but Stable, Stable but Critical, please people help me, whats the difference?

  • zelda.matthews - 2013-06-24 07:12

    AntoniodaCruz,i agree with you. Very sad that they wont let the poor man rest in peace

  • Ntumbane Jones - 2013-06-24 07:23

    He has done his time on this universe let him go please

  • Mahlatse Patience - 2013-06-24 07:25

    Yoh!!! This tight security,is like they guard a dangerous skelm,anyway thanks for all their hard work.

      Joe Botha - 2013-06-24 09:04

      as is so often the case these days, the skelms are on the outside

  • Phehello Nabonkhos - 2013-06-24 07:25

    The family is in a pickle. Keeping him on life support puts the decision on when he should go on the hands of one individual who might have to carry the decision longer after Mandela's death. Mandela has a very intricate extended family. There just might be some warms brewing in the background ready to explode any time.

  • Tshenolo Mphela - 2013-06-24 07:36

    As much as many don't like to hear it! But tt is out of doctors hands now, it is all up to God...

  • Rubaine Davis - 2013-06-24 07:38

    You have paved the way for us, perhaps the time has come to set you free.:-(

  • Alex Barros - 2013-06-24 07:47

    this is the time we must say God take control of utata nelson Mandela and let your will be done as it is in heaven Amen

  • Graeme DonnieDarko Barbour - 2013-06-24 07:58

    People have criticised the media, but if it wasn't for the media we wouldn't have known that he had deteriorated. CBS broke the ambulance story and the govt admitted it. At the same time CBS also said that Madiba had deteriorated...and funnily enough that's now what Big Mac has come out said. Co-incidence? I think not!

  • Van Hunks - 2013-06-24 08:29

    The vultures are circling...

  • Mercy Bai - 2013-06-24 08:38

    Now I'm scared"critical" is not a gud word @ all,esp with the words "but stable"removed now,I'm really scared,ifeel for that family ,Lord be with them all the way baqine.

  • Carling Blacklabel - 2013-06-24 08:39

    oh heavens!! and to think that shower head said the balie was much better...

  • Charmaine McDonald - 2013-06-24 09:11

    I Pray the people will just let Madiba rest in Peace. God knows the set time when He recalls His People. We are all human beings are no promises of eternal life here on earth is promised to us. May God grant Madiba rest.

  • San Stols - 2013-06-24 09:14

    Here as dit Madiba se tyd is, laat hom by jou rus vind. As hy nog moet leef herstel hom in sy glorie, Asb

  • Isabeau Vdh - 2013-06-24 10:05

    Just praying that this "man of peace" will die in peace in the arms of Jesus! And that his legacy will be respected and upheld. We love you Mr Mandela. <3

  • Shivhalo Nyiko - 2013-06-24 10:24

    may God BLESS Tata, we love you Madiba

  • Candy Ervin - 2013-06-24 11:04

    Leave him alone, let him go in peace. His family should be ashamed of themselves, they are going after his fortune like a pack of hyenas. His daughters being the main culprits. He is the only President that actually made a huge impact on South Africa and I am glad I was around during his reign. The rest of the Presidents that follow won't ever come close to him, what he has done or who he was. We could all take a leaf out of his book with regards to being civil, humble and forgiving. He was beaten, urinated on and treated worse than a circus animal for 25 years and he comes out of prison a kind, forgiving and humble person. I take my hat off to him, he served his time with dignity and he has more humanity than our entire nation. Madiba, I am sorry that your policies were never followed through and that everything you created has been p*ssed down the proverbial drain but at least you left your mark on the world which is a lot more than we can say for anyone else running this place. You can lay your head down on a pillow with a clear conscience knowing you served your time, made right to your wrongs, made an impact and gained millions of fans. You have gone down in history as one of the most influential men in the world and it doesn't matter what your family does, what people say, how much the ANC destroys things; you WILL ALWAYS be that influential person. Thank you that I was able to get a free education and was able to think for myself.

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