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Zuma issued the statement after visiting Mandela at a Pretoria hospital, where he was admitted June 8 with a recurring lung infection. No further details were provided about Mandela's health.
The news that South Africa's first black president, who is revered for his struggle to end white minority rule, remains in critical condition dampened hopes that he could be sent home soon.
Last week, Mandela's daughter, Zindzi, said he could be released from the hospital at any moment. Other reports said he was able to respond with his eyes and smile at well-wishers who visited him last Thursday on his 95th birthday.
South Africa erupted with love and joy when Mandela celebrated the day in the hospital after weeks when he appeared to be nearing death.