Mandela’s “Critical” Condition Sends World Over The Edge

nurse geneva; font-size: small;”>President Jacob Zuma, cure accompanied by ANC Deputy President, unhealthy Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, visited the former leader on Saturday evening at the hospital.

According to a statement released by South African Presidency on Sunday night, the two government officials “were briefed by the medical team that the former President’s condition had become critical over the past 24 hours.”

The President and Mr Ramaphosa also met with Mrs Graca Machel at the hospital and discussed Madiba’s condition.

“The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands,” said President Zuma.

Mandela was on June 8 returned to hospital over a “recurrence of lung infection.”


The President and Mr Ramaphosa were assured by the doctors that when the ambulance transporting former President Mandela to hospital on the 8th of June developed engine problems, all care was taken to ensure that his medical condition was not compromised.

“There were seven doctors in the convoy who were in full control of the situation throughout the period. He had expert medical care. The fully equipped military ICU ambulance had a full complement of specialist medical staff including intensive care specialists and ICU nurses. The doctors also dismissed the media reports that Madiba suffered cardiac arrest. There is no truth at all in that report,” said President Zuma.

President Zuma appealed to the nation and the world to pray for Madiba, the family and the medical team that is attending to him during this difficult time.

Mandela’s health has put the world over the edge with sympathizers across the world wishing the nationalist and first black President of South Africa a quick recovery.

Thousands took to social sites especially Facebook and Twitter to show solidarity with the South African hero’s family at this critical and frightening moment.


Thinking tonight tweeted: One of the 20th century’s true heroes – Nelson #Mandela – for whom the end appears near.

Sassy Ninja @SassyNinja22: If you must go, may you go peacefully, Madiba. Your beautiful spirit will live on in our hearts! #Mandela

Change Research @changeresearch: The best we can hope for is that he goes gently & without pain. How lucky we have been to have him #Mandela #leadership #freeNelsonMandela

docholly @docholly: Thank you #Madiba 4 showing us true grace in adversity. & if it’s your time go peacefully. We will keep your legacy & spirit alive #Mandela

Nick Yarham: Latest news is that #Madiba is in critical condition. Let’s all keep him in our thoughts during this time. #Mandela

Sunny Bindra: If there’s one lesson Kenya must learn from #Mandela, it’s that nations require universalists, not tribalists.

Ayanda Mbhele: I wish I could send prayer that Mandela recovers, but He has run his race and He will only endure more pain and suffering if he lives on. #Mandela #Anc

East Coast Radio: Our thoughts and prayers are with #Madiba and the #Mandela family this morning

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