[QODLink]
Africa

Nelson Mandela 'conscious and responsive'

Former South African president is in "critical but stable condition" after two months in care, government says.

Last Modified: 07 Aug 2013 20:41
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Nelson Mandela's health has become a concern for South Africa's 53 million people [AFP]

The South African presidency has said that former president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is still in "critical but stable condition".

The official statement came on Wednesday, as South African church leaders led prayers in front of the hospital where Mandela has spent two months in care.

After the prayers the president of the Council of Churches, Johannes Seoka, told journalists that - according to Mandela's wife Graca Machel - the ailing former president was responsive.

"We did not see Madiba, we prayed in a room reserved for visitors, for churches to come and pray where the family also receive Madiba's guests," he said, using Mandela's clan name.

"We were informed that he is critical but stable and that he is very conscious, he can hear every word that is spoken to him and he does respond."

Mandela, 95, was rushed to the Pretoria Mediclinic Heart Hospital on June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

His health has become a concern for South Africa's 53 million people, for whom Mandela remains a potent symbol of the struggle against decades of white-minority rule.

Although it has been relatively quiet outside the hospital where he is being treated, various family members have been visiting him daily.

South Africa's government has been secretive about Mandela's health, issuing infrequent and vague statements and declining to comment on the specifics of his condition.

223

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
Remnants of deadly demonstrations to be displayed in a new museum, a year after protests pushed president out of power.
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.