Nelson Mandela Health, Former South African president Nelson Mandela spent his third day under intensive care in a Pretoria hospital Monday, with no improvement in his condition reported.
“His condition is unchanged,” a government statement said, its first update since Saturday. The statement from the South African president’s office said Mandela remained stable but serious condition.
“President Jacob Zuma reiterates his call for South Africa to pray for Madiba and the family during this time,” the statement said, referring to Mandela by his clan name.
The somber wording of the statement underscored the seriousness of Mandela’s current health crisis.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been battling recurrent lung infections since December. He again fell ill last week and was transferred to a hospital at 1:30 a.m. Saturday after his condition deteriorated, officials said.
Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said visits to the former president were limited because Mandela is in intensive care.
On Sunday, South Africans prayed in churches across the country for their beloved former leader, revered for his role in ending apartheid and ushering in a period of peaceful democracy.
His personal sacrifice during the anti-apartheid struggle, and the 27 years he spent imprisoned for fighting white minority rule, has inspired millions across the globe.
The man South Africans often refer to as “our icon” contracted tuberculosis in prison and has had several lung infections in the past two years.
He was released from a previous hospital stay on April 6, after having fluid drained from his chest following a pneumonia diagnosis. He spent several weeks in a hospital in December with a lung infection and also had gallstone surgery.