Mandela still clinging to life

PRETORIA: Former South African President Nelson Mandela is still clinging to life, his eldest daughter Makaziwe said on Thursday, but she criticised foreign media “vultures” for violating his privacy as he lay critically ill in hospital. Makaziwe’s outburst came as anxiety increased over the faltering health of the frail 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero, admired across the world as a symbol of resistance against injustice and of racial reconciliation.


Late on Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma’s government reported a downturn in Mandela’s condition after nearly three weeks of treatment in a Pretoria hospital for a lung infection.


This forced Zuma to cancel his participation in a regional summit in neighbouring Mozambique on Thursday. But Zuma paid a second visit in 24 hours to Mandela on Thursday and was told by his doctors he had improved overnight.


“He is much better today than he

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