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Still steady flow of vistors to Mandela hospital

26 June 2013, 07:42

Cape Town - Relatives of former president Nelson Mandela and senior politicians on Tuesday continued to visit the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where the critically ill elder statesman is being treated.

He was admitted to the hospital on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

Mandela's condition deteriorated over the weekend, with doctors changing his condition from serious but stable, to critically ill.

Since then, there has been a steady stream of visitors, including his children and grandchildren.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula visited the hospital for a second time on Tuesday, but only stayed for a couple of minutes.

Earlier in the day, cars with military registration plates entered the hospital premises.

Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, was also seen leaving the hospital

The Presidency earlier in the day said his condition remained unchanged.

"[Mandela's] condition remains unchanged in hospital, and doctors continue to do their best to ensure his recovery, well-being and comfort," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Members of the Mandela clan met twice at his rural home of Qunu to discuss “serious family matters” and relatives were seen at what is believed to be his gravesite.

President Jacob Zuma urged that Mandela and his family be shown sensitivity, dignity and privacy at this time.

Meanwhile local and international journalists continued their vigil outside the hospital.

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