JOHANNESBURG (TheBlaze/AP) — The health condition of Nelson Mandela has become critical, according to the office of the South African presidency.

Nelson Mandela in Critical Condition

In this June 17, 2010 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela leaves the chapel after attending the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Credit: AP)

President Jacob Zuma visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader on Sunday evening, Zuma’s office said, 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 was hospitalized on June 8 for what the government said was a recurring lung infection.

Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for fighting racist white rule, became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 and served one five-year term. He later retired from public life to live in his village of Qunu and last made a public appearance when his country hosted the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament.

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