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Mandela Remains in Serious Condition

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Gardeners clean the lawn as a get well card is placed outside the house of former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela in Houghton, June 10, 2013.

Gardeners clean the lawn as a get well card is placed outside the house of former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela in Houghton, June 10, 2013.

South Africa says former president Nelson Mandela remains in serious but stable condition at a Pretoria hospital.

A government statement Tuesday said President Jacob Zuma has been briefed by the medical team treating Mandela and is satisfied it is doing its best to make him better.

Nelson Mandela

  • 1918 - Born in Transkei, South Africa
  • 1944 - Joined African National Congress
  • 1956 - Charged with treason, later acquitted
  • 1962 - Convicted of sabotage and sentenced to 5 years
  • 1964 - Sentenced to life in prison for plotting to overthrow the government
  • 1990 - Released from prison
  • 1991 - Elected president of ANC
  • 1993 - Won Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1994 - Elected president of South Africa
  • 1999 - Decided not to seek a second term as president
  • 2004 - Retired from public life
  • 2007 - Formed The Elders group
  • 2011 - Briefly hospitalized for a chest infection
  • 2012 - Hospitalized again,this time for gallstones
  • 2013 - Treated for a recurring lung infection, dies on Dec. 5
The anti-apartheid icon, who is 94, was hospitalized Saturday for a lung infection, the fourth time that ailment has put him in the hospital since December.

At a Tuesday briefing, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj declined to say if Mandela was breathing on his own, conscious or speaking.

"Those details the doctors have provided on a confidential basis to the president. We must bear in mind that there are a whole lot of aspects - that while all of us are interested in the health of former President Mandela, there are aspects that affect patient-doctor privacy," he said.

A friend of the elder leader, Andrew Mlangeni, told the Sunday Times newspaper that the internationally admired statesman may not be well again, and he urged family members to "release him."

Mlangeni said "Once the family releases him, the people of South Africa will follow."

Robben Island, South Africa

Robben Island, South Africa

Mandela has been vulnerable to respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment under South Africa's apartheid system.

He was released in 1990 and went on to serve as president after his African National Congress party won South Africa's first democratic election in 1994.

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