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.

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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.

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 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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Celebrities wish Nelson Mandela happy birthday

Former heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis, retired South African cricketer Shaun Pollock and rapper P Diddy have tweeted:

South Africans celebrate Mandela's 95th birthday

People across South Africa are celebrating the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela, whose health is "steadily improving", according to the country's presidency.

A child holds a sign saying, 'Happy 95th Birthday Madiba'. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
A woman stands in front of posters and get well messages outside Mandela's Pretoria hospital. Credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Another child waves the South African flag. Credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Granddaughter: Nelson Mandela 'doing much better'

Nelson Mandela's health is improving, according to two of his granddaughters.

"Our grandfather is doing very well," Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway told ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo.

"He is stable but critical, but he is doing much better."

Swati Dlamini said she had been seeing a lot of the former South African president in hospital.

"We spend a lot of time back and forth to Pretoria," she said.

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