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Nelson Mandela in critical condition

President Jacob Zuma says doctors are doing “everything possible” to improve health of 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon.

The South African presidency says the health condition of Nelson Mandela has become critical.

The office of President Jacob Zuma said that the president had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader on Sunday evening, and was informed by the medical team that Mandela’s condition had become critical in the past 24 hours.

Zuma says in a statement that the doctors are “doing everything possible to get his condition to improve.”

Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black president after the end of apartheid in 1994, was hospitalised on June 8 for what the government said was a recurring lung infection.

A day earlier, the anti-apartheid icon’s grandson, his grandson Mandla Mandela, said his grandfather was getting better and was expected to be discharged from hospital soon.

When he was first taken to hospital in early June, reports said the ambulance carrying Mandela had broken down.

Zuma said that in that incident, “all care was taken to ensure that his medical condition was not compromised.”

He also dismissed media reports that Mandela had suffered a heart attack.

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