Nelson Mandela in Critical Condition. Family Gathered at Hospital

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc),- The 94-year-old former South African President and Anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is, according to official South African sources, in critical condition. Mandela´s family has been gathering at the hospital in Pretoria. Mandela´s health has been deteriorating over the recent months after complications with a recurring lung-infection. 

 Nelson Mandela in Critical Condition. Family Gathered at Hospital

Today, President Jacob Zuma called on South African and International media, as well as supporters of Mandela, to “accord the necessary dignity and privacy to Mandela´s family, as Mandela´s condition remains critical”.

Mandela has been at Pretoria hospital for over two weeks, receiving treatment for a recurring lung-infection that has seen “the gentle giant” hospitalized since December 2012.

On Sunday the Presidential Office announced, that his condition had deteriorated over the weekend, to the point where his condition became critical. On Tuesday, his condition remained unchanged.

Medical staff at Pretoria hospital reportedly said that, that they “continue to do their best to ensure his recovery, well-being and comfort”.

The Presidential Office stated, that President Jacob Zuma thanked the South African public for their ongoing support and understanding.  President Zuma said:

“We must support him and his family. We must demonstrate our love and appreciation for his leadership during the struggle for liberation and for our first few years of freedom and democracy by living out his legacy and by promoting unity, non-racialism, non-sexism and prosperity in our country”. 

Zuma also called on South Africans to honor Mandela by making his 95th birthday on 18 July “the biggest Mandela Day ever”.

South Africa has instituted 18 July as Mandela Day to annually mark Mandela´s struggle, sacrifice and achievements, and to inspire people in South Africa and worldwide to take action to change the world for the better and, in doing so, to build a global movement for good.

Zuma also said:

“We must all be planning what to do next month in making our 67 minutes of doing good for humanity as called upon by Madiba to do so”. 

Nelson Mandela´s revolutionary and political struggle before his capture, his continued, and very personal struggle during 26 years of imprisonment, and his achievement at bringing about a peaceful transition from South Africa´s apartheid government to a non-apartheid, racially and socially more just South Africa, has turned Mandela into a living legend.

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