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