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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.
President Jacob Zuma has confirmed that US President Barack Obama's forthcoming visit to South Africa will go ahead despite Nelson Mandela's poor health.
The ambulance that rushed Nelson Mandela to hospital on June 8 broke down due to engine trouble, the South African presidency said.
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".
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.
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.