Day 3: No update issued on Madiba

Reports on Monday claim that Mandela's family have banned everyone including govt from visiting.

Former President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Star Newspaper reported on Monday morning that the Mandela family have banned everyone including government leaders and senior party officials from visiting the former statesman in hospital.

The Presidency issued a statement on Saturday saying he is in a serious but stable condition and his condition had deteriorated.

Millions of South Africans are keeping the country's first democratically elected President in their thoughts and prayers on Monday morning.

The statesman was admitted to hospital this weekend for the fourth time in the past six months for a recurring lung infection.

Most of the well wishes for Madiba (his clan name) have come through social networking sites.

Historian and writer Luli Calinicos said while many South Africans are concerned they are also reflecting on the euphoria that swept through South Africa in 1994.

She said Madiba is the face of liberation for South Africa and its people on many fronts.

Meanwhile, South Africans young and old have been passing by Madiba's Houghton home to wish their hero well.

MACHEL CANCELS APPEARANCE

His wife Gra├ža Machel had cancelled an appearance in London and immediately returned to South Africa to be with Mandela.

Britain's ITV reported that Machel was set to appear at a Hunger Summit on Sunday.