Zuma: Mandela remains critical but stable
27 August 2013, 18:03
Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but
stable condition, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday, more than two months after
the former president was hospitalised with a recurring lung infection.
"Former president Mandela is still in hospital
receiving treatment and remains in a critical but stable condition," Zuma
Mandela, 95, has been receiving treatment for a recurring
respiratory illness at a private hospital in Pretoria since 8 June.
He was previously said to be on life support, but his
condition has been lately described as serious but improving.
Early this month, his former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
told Sky News that he was "now breathing normally" and that doctors
had kept draining fluid from his lungs.
Zuma gave the latest health update during a visit to
Malaysia, where he received an award on Mandela's behalf.
The southeast Asian nation honoured the ailing statesman
with the inaugural Mahathir Global Peace Award, named after the country's
former prime minister.
Zuma said South Africans were humbled to share South
Africa's revered peace icon with the world.
"While wishing him good health, we also have to
celebrate his legacy and learn from it, in order to build a better world."
Mandela has been in and out of hospital since last year,
with lung related complications.
In December, he spent nearly three weeks in hospital where
he was treated for a lung infection and gall stones. This is his longest
hospitalisation since he was released from jail in 1990.
Political leaders from across the world and the South
African public have been sending Mandela messages of support since his