Mandela Remains Critical After One Month in the HospitalAndres R. Martinez
Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in a critical yet stable condition after a month in a Pretoria hospital to treat a recurring lung infection, President Jacob Zuma said.
The nation’s first black president, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, was hospitalized on June 8. Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for opposing white-minority rule, turns 95 this month. He contracted tuberculosis while imprisoned on Robben Island.
Mandela’s health was downgraded to critical on June 24. Crowds have posted signs of support, gathered in prayer and sung outside the hospital to pay tribute to Mandela since last month. This is his fourth, and longest, stay in the hospital since December.
“We thank the public for the dignified gatherings outside the hospital,” Zuma said in a statement posted on his office’s website. “We thank the international community as well for ongoing messages of support to Madiba and his family,” he said, referring to Mandela’s clan name.