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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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Party mood in Pretoria as Mandela celebrates birthday

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.

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