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Mandela’s granddaughter says he is 'stable'

CRITICALLY ILL: Mandela

NELSON MANDELA'S granddaughter has said the former South African president is "stable”, but still “critically ill."

She added that the family was finding "comfort" in the support and tributes being left for her grandfather.

She said: "The messages have given us strength to carry on and the positive energy gives us hope that he can come out of it."

Mandela has been in intensive care since his hospital admittance on June 8 from a recurring lung infection.

However, over the last few days his condition has deteriorated resulting in President Jacob Zuma cancelling his trip to Mozambique following consultation with Mandela's doctors.

On Wednesday an elder from Mandela's tribal Tembu clan confirmed that the former president was on a life-support machine.

Clan member Napilisi Mandela said: "Yes, he is using machines to breathe, it is bad, but what can we do."

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba visited the hospital yesterday to pray alongside Graca Machel for Mandela's "peaceful end."

The prayer was posted on Archbishop Makgoba's Facebook page.

It said: "May [we] be filled with gratitude for all the good that he has done for us and for our nation, and may [we] honour his legacy through our lives.

"Grant Madiba eternal healing and relief from pain and suffering.

"Grant him, we pray, a quiet night and a peaceful, perfect, end."

Large crowds have been gathering outside the hospital in Pretoria to pray for the recovery of the global icon.

Earlier this week Mandela woke up and smiled after being told that Barack Obama would be paying him a visit on Friday.

His daughter Zindzi said: "He opened his eyes and gave me a smile."

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