Clarification on the health of former President Mandela: issued by the Presidency

The Presidency has noted media reports about the condition of former President Nelson Mandela and would like to make a clarification.

Former President Mandela has been and remains under the care of a multi-disciplinary panel of South African medical experts drawn from the South Africa Military Health Services, the public sector, the universities and the private sector. Under this panel a team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals attend to Madiba on a 24-hour basis.

We confirm our earlier statement, released this afternoon after President Jacob Zuma visited Madiba in hospital, that Madiba remains in a critical, but stable condition. The doctors deny that the former President is in a vegetative state.

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Issued by: The Presidency