Nelson Mandela in Critical Condition


/ June 23, 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital.

The 94-year-old was admitted into the facility on June 8 for a lung infection, however his condition worsened in the past 24 hours.

“The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands,” South African President Jacob Zuma said in a written statement. Madiba is Mandela’s tribal name, and how South Africans often refer to him.

Mandela is considered to be one of South Africa’s greatest political heros. He endured 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid, South Africa’s form of racial segregation. Upon his release, Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for helping end white minority rule. He would go on to become the nation’s first black president a year later, but only served one term as president.