JOHANNESBURG — Members of Nelson Mandela’s family and tribal elders have gathered today at his rural home town in eastern South Africa.
This, as concern grows for the 94-year-old former president and anti-apartheid leader. He’s spent a third day in critical condition in a hospital.
Press reports say Mandela’s family members held a meeting at his home in the village where Mandela grew up. Those at the gathering reportedly included Mandela’s grandsons.
As on previous days, other family members were seen visiting the hospital in Pretoria where the Nobel Peace Prize laureate is being treated.
Today, the office of President Jacob Zuma said Mandela’s condition remained unchanged. The president’s office had reported late Sunday that Mandela’s condition had worsened to critical.
Well-wishers again gathered outside the hospital to leave messages of support. One man released dozens of doves, saying they were a symbol of how Mandela had set South Africans free.
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