Mandela is conscious


The ailing former statesman is conscious and aware, Seoka told reporters outside Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where Mandela is being treated.

Seoka, who’s the president of the SA Council of Churches, said Mandela's wife, Gra?a Machel, had informed them of his condition.

The bishop was part of a group of religious leaders from the SA Council of Churches who delivered prayers for Mandela and ministered to his family.

They didn’t go into the room where Mandela was being treated.

"We did not see him," said Seoka. "We prayed in a room reserved for visitors."

Asked whether Mandela would be discharged soon, Seoka said he had no information on that.

Mandela has been in hospital for two months. He was admitted on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.


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