UPDATE: Time to pray for Mandela, says spokesman
Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains hospitalised this evening and officials there have described his condition as serious but stable.
Keith Khoza, a spokesman for Mandela’s political movement, the African National Congress, said this evening it is time to hold hands and pray for him.
The 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner has been ill for several days but was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria this morning after his condition deteriorated overnight.
It is believed that this latest hospitalisation is due to a recurring lung infection.
A spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma says Mandela is able to breathe on his own and called this a positive sign.
Mandela has suffered a series of health problems recently and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years.
In April, Mandela was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia.
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