Presidency: Madiba serious but stable

President Zuma met with the medical team treating Madiba and they gave him a thorough briefing.

A Johannesburg family created two artworks to send messages of support for former president Nelson Mandela. They placed it outside his Houghton home on 9 June, 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

PRETORIA - The Presidency has released a new update on Nelson Mandela's health saying he remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

President Jacob Zuma on Monday night met with the medical team treating Madiba and they gave him a thorough briefing.

He says he is satisfied they are doing their best to make Madiba better.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj says, "President Jacob Zuma last night met with the medical team that is treating Mandela. They gave him a thorough briefing. Former president Mandela is still in a serious condition in hospital but is stable."

Maharaj has also confirmed that Zuma will not be visiting the ailing statesman today. He is in Cape Town preparing for the budget vote.

To read the official statement, click here.

Mandela's family is visiting him in hospital as the former president spends another day in intensive care.

Madiba was admitted to Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Saturday morning with a recurring lung infection.

A red Range Rover believed to be carrying Makaziwe Mandela is still parked inside the hospital premises and it is believed she is with her ailing father.

On Monday, Madiba was visited by his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and other relatives.

Meanwhile, police guards continue to search every vehicle going into the hospital at the front and side entrances.

Dozens of journalists remain camped outside the facility waiting for an update on the statesman's health.

QUNU

An Eastern Cape resident says he hopes the father of the nation will get well enough to see his birthplace once more.

Several people living in villages around Mandela's hometown of Qunu say they are deeply saddened that he is in hospital again.

Idutywa resident Malibongwe Qaba says, "He's our father; the father of the nation and we want him to come home. However, it's not up to us. Only God knows what's going to happen."

Butterworth resident Bongani Ntantana says he wants to remember Madiba as the feisty leader that he once was.

"We are sad because that old man is an icon. We are hoping he's going to get better."

HOUGHTON

Well-wishers continue leaving messages of support outside of Madiba's Houghton home.

World leaders, political parties and ordinary South Africans have sent messages of support to the ailing global icon and his family.

This is his fourth hospitalisation since December.

EWN's Barry Bateman reports via Google Hangout from outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital: