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Zuma says Mandela’s condition much better

Ailing anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela’s health has deteriorated further, forcing South African President Jacob Zuma Thursday to cancel his trip to Mozambique.

Zuma visited the gravely ill Mandela late last night. 94-year-old Mandela has been in hospital since 8 June  for a recurring lung ailment and his condition has been deteriorating since Sunday.

Reports have said that he is on life support as his clan elders gather to address the situation. Zuma’s decision not to attend the crucial summit of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Thursday despite South Africa being a major partner in the bloc, has further highlighted the seriousness of Mandela’s condition.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said after Zuma’s late-night visit that Mandela’s condition has worsened over the past 48 hours. Maharaj said doctors had assured Zuma ‘they are still doing everything they can to ensure Mandela’s wellbeing.’  News of Mandela’s deteriorating health has overshadowed the maiden visit of US President Obama.
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