press trust of india
Johannesburg, 25 June: Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela’s medical condition remains “unchanged” in a critical condition, the South African Presidency said today, as the 94-year-old leader’s family met to discuss “delicate matters” relating to him.
Condition of Mr Mandela, who is battling for his life, “remains unchanged in hospital and doctors continue to do their best to ensure his recovery, well-being and comfort,” President Jacob Zuma said in a statement. He also urged that Mr Mandela and his family be “accorded the necessary sensitivity, dignity and privacy at this time”.
“We must support him and support his family. We must demonstrate our love and appreciation for his leadership during the struggle for liberation and in our first few years of freedom and democracy by living out his legacy and promoting unity, non-racialism, non-sexism and prosperity in our country,” said Mr Zuma.
Briefing media about the family meeting, Napilisi Mandela, an elder in the family, said the meeting had been called to “discuss delicate matters” on Mr Mandela.
Makaziwe Mandela, daughter of the President from his first wife Evelyn, who is also at the meeting, appealed to media to respect the family’s privacy.
Earlier, the presidency has accused media of crossing the boundaries of medical ethics while covering the deteriorating health condition of Mr Mandela.