Ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in a South African hospital today. Outside, well-wishers sang and prayed, as word emerged that the 94-year-old's condition had stabilized.
CNN’s Robyn Curnow reports that the anti-apartheid leader’s condition does however remain critical but stable this morning. She is live in Pretoria with the latest.
“It's important to note Nelson Mandela is still on life support,” Curnow reports. “He needs help breathing.”
Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital this morning.
The archbishop of Cape Town prayed with 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader’s family on Tuesday, calling for a "peaceful, perfect end." The family is said to be meeting to discuss the situation.
CNN's Robyn Curnow is live over the phone in Pretoria following his condition and the state of the nation.
The front page of a leading newspaper there reads “The Final Struggle” in the headline, Curnow reports.
“There really does seem to be quite a somber atmosphere here, as people try to come to grips with the fact that he might not be here for very much longer.”
CNN is following the latest in South Africa now, where Nelson Mandela's condition appears to be deteriorating.
Officials there announced that the 94-year-old former president and anti-apartheid leader has been downgraded from serious to critical condition as he battles a lung infection.
Robyn Curnow is reporting live this morning in Pretoria.
Mandela’s family is taking every day one at a time as he gets treated in the intensive care unit of a South African hospital, Curnow reports. His daughter Maki says she just wants him to be comfortable, and believes her father “is at peace with himself” for all he's given to the world.
But the media attention is disturbing them. “While he is at peace, they say they are angry, uncomfortable with the intense media interest.”
Maki asks for space for the family whether it's her father's last moments with them or not.
“For them Mandela is not the global icon," Curnow says. "He's a father, a grandfather, who they don't want to share with the world at this critical time…So they wait and hope.”