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Nelson Mandela's condition 'has become critical' in the past 24 hours

President Jacob Zuma has issued a statement this evening.

THE CONDITION OF the former South African president Nelson Mandela has become ‘critical’ in the last 24 hours, according to a statement from the office of the president this evening.

“The condition of former President Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical,” a statement said this evening with current President Jacob Zuma along with African National Congress deputy president Ramaphosa, visiting Mandela in hospital this evening

They were briefed by the medical team in the hospital in Pretoria who informed them that Madiba’s condition has become critical over the past 24 hours. The pair also met with Mandela’s current wife Graca Machel.

“The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands,” said President Zuma.

Zuma also insisted that reports of Mandela having suffered a cardiac arrest after his ambulance broke down on his way to hospital earlier this month were without any truth.

“There were seven doctors in the convoy who were in full control of the situation throughout the period. He had expert medical care. The fully equipped military ICU ambulance had a full complement of specialist medical staff including intensive care specialists and ICU nurses.

“The doctors also dismissed the media reports that Madiba suffered cardiac arrest. There is no truth at all in that report,” Zuma said.

He called on South Africans to pray for Mandela, the family and the medical team that is attending to him.

Read: Nelson Mandela’s ambulance broke down on way to hospital

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