Mandela, in critical condition, visited by South African leader
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela's health has deteriorated, and he is in critical condition, the South African government said on Sunday.
The office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement that he had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader in a hospital in the evening and was informed by doctors that Mandela's condition had become critical in the past 24 hours.
The White House issued a statement, saying: “Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and the people of South Africa.”
Zuma met Graca Machel, Mandela's wife, in the hospital in Pretoria and discussed the former leader's condition, according to the statement. Zuma's spokesman said that this was a stressful time for the Mandela family and appealed for their privacy.
Mandela was hospitalized on June 8 for what the government said was a recurring lung infection.
Describing his condition as critical will be very worrying for South Africans, many of whom consider him a family member.
Mandela was jailed for 27 years under racist rule and released in 1990. He played a crucial role in steering the divided country from the apartheid era to democracy, becoming South Africa's first black president in all-race elections in 1994.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rice says U.S. has Israel’s back, won’t accept nuclear-armed Iran
- Teacher charged with drug smuggling in Japan
- Netanyahu claims moral obligation to speak
- Boko Haram beheading video mimics Islamic State propaganda
- Fugitive on U.S. most-wanted terror list held by Somalia
- Iran’s role against ISIS in Tikrit stokes U.S. unease over Tehran influence, Sunni-Shiite tensions
- Pakistani parents jailed for refusing to vaccinate children against polio
- Venezuela calls for U.S. to slash diplomatic mission by 80 percent
- Russia promises full probe of killing of Putin rival
- 9 dead including gunman in Czech restaurant shooting
- Don’t rush to judgment on Iran, Kerry cautions