Zuma: Mandela’s Condition Is Critical But Now Stable

Pretoria, South Africa — The condition of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has improved overnight, President Jacob Zuma said Thursday, as the eyes of the nation remained fixed on his progress.

Zuma, whose statement came after he visited Mandela in a hospital in Pretoria, said Mandela’s medical team told him the former president “remains critical but is now stable.”

“I canceled my visit to Mozambique today so that I can see him and confer with the doctors. He is much better today than he was when I saw him last night,” Zuma said.

Mandela, 94, considered the founding father of South Africa’s modern democracy, has been undergoing treatment at the Pretoria hospital since June 8 for a recurring lung infection. Earlier, Mandela’s oldest daughter said that although her father is critically ill, he opens his eyes and responds to touch.

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