|23. June 2013
Presidency: Mandela in critical condition
"The condition of former President Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," Presidential Spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement. He said President Jacob Zuma and ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa visited Mandela on Sunday evening.
"They were briefed by the medical team who informed them that the former President's condition had become critical over the past 24 hours." Zuma and Ramaphosa also met with Mandela's wife Graca Machel to discuss Mandela's condition. "The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable," Zuma was quoted as saying in a statement.
"He is in good hands."
Zuma has appealed to South Africans to continue praying for Mandela as well as the medical team that is attending to him.