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Nelson Mandela is on life support: elder

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Nelson Mandela Photo: Reuters

South Africa: Former South African president Nelson Mandela is now on life support in a Pretoria hospital, an elder has confirmed.

Napilisi Mandela says he’s just visited the anti-apartheid hero and that the situation is bad but little more can be done.

South African President Jacob Zuma’s office has announced that he has called off a scheduled trip to Mozambique.

Earlier, various media organisations, including the US broadcasters CBS and CNN and the Huffington Post, reported the apartheid leader had been placed on life support.

"BREAKING NEWS: Fmr. South African President Nelson Mandela has been placed on life support, CBSNews confirms," CBS tweeted.

But there has no official statement.

Singing supporters on Wednesday gathered outside the hospital where the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero was fighting for his life. He was hospitalised on June 8 with a stubborn lung infection dating from his 27 years locked up on the notorious Robben Island and in other prisons.

Mandela - who is due to celebrate his 95th birthday on July 18 - has been hospitalised four times since December, mostly for lung problems dating back to his time in jail.

The former political prisoner is hailed as the architect of South Africa’s incredible journey from white minority rule to landmark multiracial elections in 1994.

AAP

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported Nelson Mandela was in hospital in Cape Town.


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