Madiba's health unchanged - Presidency

Former president Nelson Mandela is in a critical but stable condition in hospital, the Presidency said.

A screengrab of Former President Nelson Mandela, taken from CNN. Picture: CNN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital, the Presidency said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

The 94-year-old ailing statesman was admitted to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on 8 June for a recurring lung infection.

In the statement, President Jacob Zuma once again stated his gratitude for the ongoing support and prayers for Madiba.

"We thank the public for the dignified gatherings outside the hospital. Many groupings and individuals have gathered in dignity, respecting the privacy of Madiba, other patients, their families and hospital personnel. The prayer services around the country are also appreciated.

"We thank the international community as well for ongoing messages of support to Madiba and his family," the statement read.

MADIBA 'RESPONSIVE'

Speaking in Pretoria on Tuesday morning, Ndaba Mandela said his grandfather was "very much alive" and was responsive when spoken to.

"With less than two weeks to go before the old man's [95th] birthday [on 18 July], it's time to celebrate his life. The old man is very much alive."

Ndaba said there was no need for the public to be sad or overly worried about Madiba's health.

"Let us not be in a spirit of sadness but a spirit of celebration. The old man is still with us today."

Two of Mandela's granddaughters said on Twitter that he is communicating with the family.

Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini, who star in the reality TV show Being Mandela, said the family is staying positive.

They were replying to a question posed by a journalist.

A number of people visited Mandela at the facility on Tuesday, including ex-wife Winnie Madikizela Mandela, daughter Makaziwe and distant cousin King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

Dalindyebo recently made headlines when he announced he would join the Democratic Alliance (DA).

He also joined in a war of words against Madiba's eldest grandson, Mandla Mandela.