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Mandela still 'critical but stable'

09 July 2013, 18:06

Pretoria - Former South African president Nelson Mandela is still in a critical but stable condition in a Pretoria hospital, the presidency said on Tuesday.

President Jacob Zuma again thanked the public for their ongoing support and prayers for the elder statesman.

"We thank the public for the dignified gatherings outside the hospital," Zuma said in a statement.

"Many groupings and individuals have gathered in dignity, respecting the privacy of Madiba, other patients, their families, or the hospital personnel.

"The prayer services around the country are also appreciated."

He also thanked the international community for their continued messages of support for Mandela and his family.

The ailing icon was spending his 32nd day in the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital on Tuesday. He was admitted on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.



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