Former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela is in critical but stable condition, the South African government reiterated on Friday, reacting swiftly to reports and court documents that suggests that the ailing leader and global peace icon is in a vegetative state.
Graca Machel, Mandela’s wife had reportedly maintained to a close friend, Denis Goldberg who visited the Pretoria hospital that “there is no sign of a general organ collapse and therefore they do not recommend switching off the machine because there’s every chance that his health will improve”
Below is the statement according to 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.'