Mandela 'responds to treatment'

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is "responding to treatment", according to an official statement tonight, but is still in a critical condition in hospital.

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Mandela 'continues to respond to treatment'

Nelson Mandela "continues to respond to treatment," the South African presidency said today in an update.

"Former President Nelson Mandela continues to respond to treatment, and is still in a critical but stable condition," the statement said.

"President Jacob Zuma visited the former President again this morning, 11 July 2013."

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Mandela 'responding to treatment but still critical'

Nelson Mandela is "responding to treatment", according to an official statement tonight, but is still in a critical condition in hospital.

The official statement says Mr Mandela is "in a critical but stable condition in hospital in Pretoria". President Zuma also thanked the public for their ongoing support.

Nelson Mandela still 'critical but stable' in hospital

Former South African president Nelson Mandela is still in a "critical but stable" condition in hospital in Pretoria, the presidency's office said.

President Jacob Zuma has thanked the public for their "ongoing support and prayers".

Nelson Mandela pictured during a visit to London in 2007.
Nelson Mandela pictured during a visit to London in August 2007. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Zuma said in a statement: "We thank the public for the dignified gatherings outside the hospital. Many groupings and individuals have gathered in dignity, respecting the privacy of Madiba, other patients, their families or the hospital personnel.

"The prayer services around the country are also appreciated.

"We thank the international community as well for ongoing messages of support to Madiba and his family".

Mandela has been receiving treatment at the hospital since 8 June.

Zuma: Doctors deny Mandela is in 'vegetative state'

President Jacob Zuma's office has released a statement this evening stating Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition and is not in a 'vegetative state'.

We confirm our earlier statement released this afternoon after President Jacob Zuma visited Madiba in hospital that Madiba remains in a critical, but stable condition. The doctors deny that the former President is in a vegetative state.

– President Jacob Zuma's office

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Mandela was in a 'permanent vegetative state'

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was in a "permanent vegetative state" and his family considered switching off his life support machine, according to a court document obtained by AFP.

The legal document, dated June 26, was related to a family dispute over reburying the remains of three of the anti-apartheid leader's children, the news agency said.

The document reportedly read:

He is in a permanent vegetative state and is assisted in breathing by a life support machine.

The Mandela family have been advised by the medical practitioners that his life support machine should be switched off.

Rather than prolonging his suffering, the Mandela family is exploring this option as a very real probability.

– Legal document seen by AFP

The next day, June 27, South African President Jacob Zuma said Mandela's condition had "improved during the night".

Mandela remains "critical but stable" in hospital, the presidency said today.

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