Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in critical, but stable, condition at a hospital at Pretoria, according to a statement released Saturday (Aug. 24) from the South African government. Despite his health changes, the Presidency assures supporters that the global leader has shown “great resilience.”
The full statement reads:
“Former President Nelson Mandela still remains in hospital in Pretoria and his condition is still critical but stable. While at times, his condition becomes unstable, the doctors indicate that the former President has demonstrated great resilience and his condition tends to stabilise as a result of medical interventions.
Doctors are still working hard to effect a turnaround and a further improvement in his health and to keep the former President comfortable.
President Jacob Zuma urges South Africa to continue praying for Madiba and to keep him in their thoughts at all times.
President Zuma will today travel to Malaysia on an official visit aimed at boosting social, political and economic ties with that country which has longstanding relations with South Africa. Among the highlights of the visit will be the awarding of a Lifetime Award for Global Peace to former President Mandela by the Mahathir Global Peace Foundation. President Zuma will receive the award on Madiba’s behalf.”
Mandela, who celebrated his 95th birthday in July, has been hospitalized since June with a recurring lung infection.