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Mandela still 'critical but stable'

Former president Nelson Mandela is receiving the best possible care, the Presidency said in a statement.

A screengrab of former president Nelson Mandela. Picture: CNN.

PRETORIA/MVEZO - Former president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition, the Presidency said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

The statement follows President Jacob Zuma's visit to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where the ailing statesman is receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection.

Mandela was admitted to hospital on 8 June.

According to the statement, Madiba is receiving the best medical care from a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals around the clock.

Zuma's visit almost went unnoticed after the ANC Women's League held a prayer service outside the facility.

It was the president's first visit to the hospital in July.

The Presidency once again called on all South Africans to volunteer 67 minutes of their time on Mandela Day to help change their communities for the better.

Mandela Day will be celebrated on 18 July, which coincides with the global icon's 95th birthday.

MANDELA GRAVE WAR

At a briefing on Thursday morning, Mandla Mandela said he was targeted for speaking out against controversial family matters.

He also launched a scathing attack on some relatives following a bitter court battle over the exhumation of Madiba's deceased children.

Last week, 16 members of the Mandela clan brought an urgent application against Mandla in the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha.

They wanted to force him to return the remains of three of Madiba's children from Mvezo to Qunu.

He had reportedly moved them to Mvezo without consulting the family in 2011.

The court on Wednesday ruled against Mandla and the judge found his actions to be "scandalous" and "vicious".

At Thursday's briefing, Mandla expressed disappointment in his brother Ndaba and his aunt Makaziwe for launching the case.

He said many relatives did not have the right to speak out on certain sensitive family issues.

Mandla said he became a "soft target" within the family.

"In the past few days, I have been the subject of attacks from all sorts of individuals wanting a few minutes of fame and media attention at my expense."

Mandla maintained his grandfather Madiba would be deeply disappointed by the events of the past few days.

After missing a deadline set by the court, the sheriff had to force open a gate to his property to exhume the bodies.

Officials on Thursday confirmed that the bodies were positively identified.

MANDLA MANDELA QUOTES

Here are some memorable quotes from Thursday morning's briefing:

"In the past few days, I have been the subject of attacks from all sorts of individuals wanting a few minutes of fame and media attention at my expense."

"At the moment it seems like anyone and everyone can come and say 'I am a Mandela' and demand a part in decision-making in this family."

"I am tired of people who want to use me for popularity and short-term gains."

"I am struggling to date to understand why the matter has become so urgent. It has not been urgent in the past two years."

"Particularly now that my grandfather is in a critical state in hospital, the issue of the court came as a surprise to me."

"My grandfather, like myself, would be highly disappointed in what is unravelling."

"He [Mandla's half-brother Ndaba] knows my father impregnated a married woman of which he is a result."

"I want to remind him [Ndaba] that I do not hang out our dirty linen as a family in public. He knows very well that my father impregnated a married woman... he is a result of that act."

"He [Ndaba] claims in media reports I was born out of wedlock. I wish he would say that in the presence of my father."

"He [Ndaba] should be very careful when he wants to throw insults, particularly to my mother, who still sits by my side, nurtures [me], and ensures I can wake up every day to serve my community."

"Individuals make claims against my legitimacy, they wait for all these years to do this. My grandfather did prophecise about these days."

"This is the very family who has taken their own grandfather to court for his money. I called this press conference so that I could address a few matters circulating in the media."

"I still refuse to be associated with the court actions that are a clear squabble over my grandfather's money. This too shall come to [the] surface."

"I received an instruction [from] my aunt Makaziwe to remove remains and bury them in secret in Qunu where she is preparing a grave for my grandfather. I didn't follow those instructions, because [it was] not coming from my grandfather. I took the remains and kept them here [in Mvezo] until I received information from my grandfather or instructions from his spouse Graça [Machel]."

Mandla ended the briefing by adding that his grandfather was in critical but stable condition and that he simply wanted to "focus on what matters most", spending time with his grandfather.

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