Mandela's hospital ride delayed

It has been revealed that the Former South African president Nelson Mandela's overnight rush to hospital two weeks ago was delayed by around 40 minutes after his ambulance broke down on the side of the road.

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SA President: 'Let him get well. We pray for him'

President Jacob Zuma has called on the nation to pray for Nelson Mandela.

"All of us in the country should accept the fact that Madiba is now old. He is 95 years [sic] and that therefore, as he ages, his health will begin to trouble him".

"What we need to do as a country is to pray for him ... to ensure that the doctors do their work so that he can come out of hospital," he added.

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Mandela 'remains in serious but stable condition'

Former President Nelson Mandela remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

The former president was admitted to hospital on the 8th of June.

The Presidency thanks the public for support and for respecting the privacy of the former president and his family.

We confirm the media reports that the military ambulance transporting Madiba had an engine problem on the 8th and that the doctors are satisfied that the former president suffered no harm during this period.

– South African presidency spokesman

'No harm came to Mandela' as a result of delay

A spokesperson for the South African Presidency has confirmed that an ambulance used to transfer Nelson Mandela to hospital did break down on route.

Mac Maharaj told ITV News that "no harm came to Madiba" as a result of the break down.

"The blue light convoy included and ICU ambulance, ICU staff and at least twofast response vehicles" he said.

"One of those vehicles could have been used to transferMadiba, had doctors thought that he was in danger".

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Mandela ambulance broke down in hospital rush

Nelson Mandela's overnight rush to hospital two weeks ago was delayed by around 40 minutes after his ambulance broke down on the side of the road.

Nelson Mandela, who has a lung infection, has been in hospital for two weeks. Credit: Reuters

The former South African president was transferred to a second ambulance in "freezing winter temperatures", according to CBS News.

The South African government has apparently played down the revelation, saying doctors were satisfied the 94-year-old suffered no ill effects because of the delay in Pretoria.

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