Nelson Mandela still in critical condition

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Members of Nelson Mandela's family have met tribal leaders in his home village to discuss his seriously ill health. The former South African leader remains in a critical condition in hospital in Pretoria after he took a turn for the worse over the weekend, the country's President Jacob Zuma said in his latest statement. Mr Zuma said: "We must support him and support his family. "We must demonstrate our love and appreciation for his leadership during the struggle for liberation and in our first few years of freedom and democracy by living out his legacy and promoting unity, non-racialism, non-sexism and prosperity in our country."

 Sky's Alex Crawford said elders in the village of Qunu had been briefed on Mr Mandela's condition, and that they had been told he was no longer breathing on his own. His family described the 94-year-old's condition as "at its worst", Crawford said. The anti-apartheid leader has been in intensive care since he was last admitted to hospital on June 8 for a recurring lung infection. His wife, Graca Machel, has been by her husband's bedside since he was taken ill.

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