Mandela 'critical but stable'

Nelson Mandela remains in hospital in Pretoria in a critical but stable condition, President Jacob Zuma said. Doctors are working hard to keep the former president comfortable.

Nelson Mandela showing 'great resilience' in hospital

The Presidency of South Africa has said that former President Nelson Mandela still remains in hospital in Pretoria and his condition is critical but stable.

Nelson Mandela showing 'great resilience' Credit: Reuters

While at times his condition becomes unstable, doctors said Mandela has demonstrated "great resilience" and his condition tends to stabilise with medical interventions.

In a statement, the Presidency said doctors were working hard to improve his health and keep him comfortable.

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Zuma thanks South Africans for their Mandela prayers

President Jacob Zuma has thanked South Africans for their "ongoing prayers" after he released details of Nelson Mandela's condition in hospital.

A statement from his office said: "Doctors have indicated to President Jacob Zuma that the former president is making a slow but steady improvement.

Former South African president Nelson Mandela
Former South African president Nelson Mandela is making a 'slow but steady improvement' Credit: Reuters

"The medical team also reiterated that although his health was improving steadily, Madiba still remained in a critical condition".

Zuma added, “Let us continue to pray for Madiba’s recovery and good health".

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Winnie Mandela: 'Tata is on the mend'

The former wife of Nelson Mandela has thanked the public for the overwhelming support they have given the extended family, and said she was pleased to report that the former president is "on the mend." Speaking outside the hospital to ITV News she said:

We thank you South Africa, for showing us how much you love your country and how much you love Tata. We cannot articulate just how deeply touched we are. I thank my colleagues for being here on behalf of all of us, I say thank you very much South Africa.

We want to tell you that it is true that Tata is on the mend, it is true that he is getting better, it is true that he is now sitting on the chair and he is able to communicate with the family.

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Nelson Mandela 'sitting up' on his 95th birthday

by - Africa Correspondent
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela greeting wellwishers gathered outside her former husband's hospital.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela greeting wellwishers gathered outside her former husband's hospital. Credit: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela came to the gates of Mandela's hospital to address crowds, and told them "Tata is sitting up."

"It is true that he is getting better, it is true that he's now sitting on a chair and is able to communicate with the family."

Party mood in Pretoria as Mandela celebrates birthday

by - Africa Correspondent

Part of the reason the celebrations for Nelson Mandela have been so grand, that the crowds have been so big, is the fact that just a few weeks ago it seemed difficult for many South Africans to even contemplate the anti-apartheid leader celebrating his 95th birthday.

Children hold placards outside Mandela's hospital. Credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

There is a real party mood in Pretoria with perhaps 1,000 people outside the gates of Mandela's hospital for what is the world's biggest birthday celebration.

Winnie Mandela, Nelson's ex-wife, came to the gates of the hospital and she thanked people for their support, for the flowers and all the cards and she gave a very positive assessment of his health - an assessment reflected by many members of his family.

Pictures: South Africans celebrate Mandela's birthday

Crowds celebrate outside Nelson Mandela's hospital

by - Africa Correspondent
Well-wishers cheer as they gather to wish happy birthday to Nelson Mandela. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Crowds are celebrating outside Nelson Mandela's hospital on the anti-apartheid leader's 95th birthday.

There is perhaps 1,000 people here and it is such a different atmosphere compared to one month ago.

Pictures: South Africans celebrate Mandela's birthday

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