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Mandela in ‘critical condition’

President Jacob Zuma on Monday said Nelson Mandela remained in critical condition

Written by New York Times | Johannesburg |
June 25, 2013 2:10:33 am

DECLAN WALSH

President Jacob Zuma on Monday said Nelson Mandela remained in critical condition in a hospital in Pretoria after more than two weeks of treatment for a lung infection.

“Doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well-being and comfort,” Zuma told a news conference in Johannesburg.

Zuma spoke as South Africans and admirers around the world awaited word on the condition of Mandela,the iconic leader who played a towering role in his country’s transition from white minority rule under the system of apartheid to multiracial democracy in 1994.

President Zuma said he and Cyril Ramaphosa,the deputy president of the governing African National Congress,visited Mandela late on Sunday night.

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