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Mandela still ‘critical but stable’

The South African government said on Tuesday that ailing icon Nelson Mandela
reains in a ‘critical but stable’ condition after more than one month of intensive hospital treatment. In a statement, President Jacob Zuma thanked members of the public for their ‘dignified gatherings outside the hospital’ in Pretoria where he was rushed June 8 and for services that have offered prayers for the 94-year-old hero.

Zuma also thanked the international community ‘for ongoing messages of support to Madiba and his family,’ using the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s clan name. Meanwhile friends and family offered a more upbeat assessment of Mandela’s condition. ‘With less than two weeks to go before the old man’s 95th birthday on 18 July, it’s time to  celebrate his life. The old man is very much alive,’ said grandson Ndaba Mandela outside the hospital. ‘When I speak to him he responds. Let us not be in a spirit of sadness but a spirit of celebration because the old man is still with us Tuesday.’
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