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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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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