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Nelson Mandela critically ill in hospital
Date:2013-06-24writer:from:BBC newsClick the number:4857

President Jacob Zuma said he had visited Mr Mandela and spoken to his wife and medical teams.

Doctors were "doing everything possible to get his condition to improve" said Mr Zuma in a statement.

South Africa's first black president, 94, was taken to hospital in Pretoria earlier this month for the third time this year, with a lung infection.

Mr Zuma said he had been told by doctors on Sunday that the former president's condition had worsened over the past 24 hours.

"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, using Mr Mandela's clan name by which he is widely known in South Africa.

Mr Zuma - who was joined at the hospital by the deputy leader of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) Cyril Ramaphosa - appealed for prayers for Mr Mandela and his medical team.

Mac Maharaj, Mr Zuma's spokesman, told the BBC's Newshour that the doctors' use of the word "critical" was "sufficient explanation that should raise concern amongst us".