Nelson Mandela Now In Critical Condition, But South Africa Gov’t Remains Tight-Lipped On Circumstances

Source: AP / CBS News

JOHANNESBURG – Nelson Mandela’s health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday.

President Jacob Zuma visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader at a hospital Sunday evening and was informed by the medical team that Mandela’s condition had become critical in the past 24 hours, the president’s office said in a statement.

“The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands,” Zuma said in the Sunday statement, using Mandela’s clan name.

Zuma also met Graca Machel, Mandela’s wife, at the hospital in Pretoria and discussed the former leader’s condition, according to the statement. Zuma was accompanied on the visit by Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of the country’s ruling party, the African National Congress.

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