State of South Africa's national hero more critical
South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela fighting for his life. In the streets of Johannesburg, the people pray for their former president.
Pretoria - South Africa fears on to get his critically ill national hero Nelson Mandela. However, a positive trend was unexpectedly reported on Thursday.
"He's much better than last night, when I saw him", said South African President Jacob Zuma on his second visit to the clinic in Pretoria within 24 hours. The health of the 94-year-old is still "critical but stable", the Presidential Office.
Obama honors Mandela merits
The increasing concern for the terminally ill Mandela overshadowed the preparations of the South Africa visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, who is expected on Friday at the Cape. Obama paid tribute to Mandela in Dakar, the first stop on his trip to Africa on Thursday as "heroes of this world." Should the 94-year-old die, his legacy will persist for centuries, Obama said.
Zuma said after his visit at the bedside Mandela on Wednesday night for the Thursday a planned trip to a South African States summit in Maputo (Mozambique) from short-term.
The eldest daughter of Nobel Peace Prize, Makaziwe Mandela, reported that the family had not lost hope. Mandela open his eyes. "If we touch him, he responded," she told the South African TV channel SABC. Maybe God is gracious and "Tata (father) is on July 18 still alive and we can celebrate his birthday as a family, as always." Mandela was on this day 95 years old.
Mandela's granddaughter: "He does not look good"
His condition is critical but further, the daughter said, "I will not lie, it does not look good." The granddaughter of the former president, Ndileka Mandela, described to reporters the atmosphere at the bedside of her grandfather as full of fear.
Mandela is ventilated artificially, in the words of family members. The doctors have offered according to South African media of the family, they could not decide on closure of the life support device. Mandela has since 8 June due to severe pneumonia in hospital.
Mandela had been in prison for 27 years because of his struggle against the racist apartheid system. In 1994, he became the first president of a democratic South Africa. He paved the way for reconciliation between blacks and whites in his home country and was awarded the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.