Family Visits Mandela as He Spends Fourth Day in Hospital

The ailing former South African President was visited by his first wife Winnie Mandela and other family members this week.

Posted: 06/11/2013 08:13 AM EDT

Former South African leader Nelson Mandela remained in intensive care for the fourth day this week, having been admitted to a Pretoria hospital for a recurring lung infection. The government reported on Tuesday morning that Mandela was in "serious but stable condition," according to the Associated Press.

Since his admission, the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader has been surrounded by close family, including his daughter Zenani Dlamini, the South African ambassador in Argentina, who recently flew into the country. CNN also reports that Mandela's first wife, African National Congress lawmaker Winnie Mandela, visited the hospital on Monday. Authorities have allegedly increased security at the hospital during this time.

A wave of support has been shown by both the national and international public, as well as influential leaders worldwide. An exhibit centered on Mandela's life allowed visitors to reflect on the former leader's life at Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum, while school children gathered outside of his Johannesburg home to offer their wishes. "We love you Mandela ... get well, get well," they reportedly sang. 

A series of respiratory infections and lung problems have placed Mandela in and out of the hospital in recent years. His health issues have been attributed to his 27 year imprisonment in the apartheid-era prison camp Robben Island.

 

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 (Photo: PAP Foto/Schalk van Zuydam, Archivo)

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