Zuma: No new details on Madiba

Jacob Zuma addressed editors in Johannesburg at a briefing after visiting Madiba in hospital.

Former President Nelson Mandela is in a critical condition in the Mediclinic Heart Hospital.

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma says he can't give further details on Nelson Mandela's health other than that he remains in a critical condition.

Zuma addressed editors in Johannesburg at a South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) briefing on Monday morning after visiting the former president at the Pretoria Heart Hospital on Sunday evening.

The Presidency later issued a statement saying Madiba's health had deteriorated and he was in a critical condition. Mandela was admitted to the Pretoria facility over two weeks ago for a recurring lung infection. He was treated for the same condition in December.

Up until Sunday night's update The Presidency had reported that the elder statesman was "in a serious but stable condition".

Zuma said nothing changed since his office's last update last night.

"Given the hour that we went to the hospital, of course it was late. He was already sleeping and we looked at him. We then had a discussion with the doctors, as well as his wife Graca Machel, then left.

"Madiba is old now. His health will trouble him. As a country we need to pray for him.

The President also reacted to claims that Mandela's health could have been compromised after the first ambulance which was rushing him to hospital broke down during the early hours of the morning.

He said Madiba's health was not compromised.

"No one can predict when a car will break. Doctors were prepared."


People visiting heritage sites and landmarks associated with Madiba on Monday said they're keeping him in their thoughts and prayers.

Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia where Mandela was once arrested was busy on Monday.

Many tourists and visitors, mostly from the US, were visiting the heritage site.

A woman says she hopes ordinary people will embody Mandela's ideals and perpetuate his legacy.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Mandela and I've learned a lot about him since coming on this trip. He's an awe-inspiring man and there will be no one like him and his legacy will live on. We wish for this country to grow together as one body and to give mutual respect to each other."

Audio visual exhibits and a range of pictorial exhibitions, describe how Mandela and his cadres led the underground anti-apartheid struggle in a bid to liberate the country.