Mandela's Daughter: 'It Doesn't Look Good'

NPR | June 27, 2013 7:59 a.m.

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Eyder Peralta

A man holds a picture as people gather to leave messages of support for former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa.

A man holds a picture as people gather to leave messages of support for former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Nelson Mandela’s condition is “very critical,” his daughter Makaziwe Mandela told South African broadcaster SABC.

“I re-iterate that tata is very critical that anything is imminent,” Makaziwe said. “But I want to emphasize again that it’s only God who knows when the time to go is and so we will wait with him, with Tata, as long for us as a family, he’s still giving us hope opening his eyes he’s still reactive to touch we will live with that hope until the final end comes.”

The BBC reports that in that same interview, she said that “it doesn’t look good.”

As we’ve reported, the 94-year-old former South African president and anti-apartheid icon was hospitalized for a recurring respiratory infection.

Al Jazeera reports that South African President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela in the hospital on Wednesday. A spokesman told the network, Zuma was “briefed by the doctors who are still doing everything they can to ensure his well-being.”

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