Sunday, 9 June 2013

Mandela's condition to be released later today

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj says there is no update yet on how former South African President Nelson Mandela is feeling this morning.

  Nelson Mandela's health continues to make headlines this morning with South African's and the world waiting for any word on progress in his health.

Mandela  was taken to a Pretoria hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning after suffering a recurrence of a lung infection.

Speaking in a telephone interview Maharaj says doctors who are treating  Mandela are yet to brief the presidency on his condition.

Maharaj however said he is committed to informing the public on the latest developments if and when the presidency receives word from doctors. 

In his last update on Saturday Maharaj said Madiba was in a serious but stable condition adding doctors said the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was breathing on his own, which he saw as a good sign. 

According to a presidency  statement  which was released on  Saturday the 94-year-old former statesman has been ill for the past few days and his condition deteriorated in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

Maharaj said Madiba has suffered from lung infections since his time in prison but as he gets older it takes longer for him to recover. 

While relatives have been seen entering the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in the Capital Pretoria  where he’s believed to be receiving treatment it’s understood Mandela’s wife Gra├ža Machel cancelled a London trip to be at his side. 

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