Nelson Mandela in ICU; appeals for prayers, officials' comments stir worldwide concern
Thabiso Ndandwe walks in front of a mural of former South African President Nelson Mandela in a Soweto township, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. Mandela was in serious but stable condition in a Pretoria hospital for the third day Monday with a recurring lung infection. Archbishop Desmond Tutu's foundation released a statement honoring Mandela as “the beloved father of our nation,” and praying for his “comfort and dignity.”
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 12:00 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela’s condition in a Pretoria hospital remained critical for a second straight day Monday, said South Africa’s president who described the stricken anti-apartheid hero as being “asleep” when he visited Mandela the previous evening.
President Jacob Zuma told at least 60 foreign and South African journalists that doctors were doing everything possible to ensure the 94-year-old’s comfort on his 17th day in the hospital. The president repeated some of the content of a presidential statement issued Sunday and refused to give any details about Mandela’s condition, saying: “I’m not a doctor.”
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Monday, June 24, 2013 12:00 am.