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Zuma cancels Mozambique trip on Madiba concerns

Thursday 27 June 2013 05:16

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President Zuma was due to attend the SADC Infrastructure Investment Conference which starts in the Mozambican capital, Maputo on Thursday morning. (SABC)

Former President Nelson Mandela's worsening condition has forced President Jacob Zuma to cancel his trip to Mozambique. This was announced on Wednesday night after Zuma visited Madiba at the Heart Hospital in Pretoria where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection.


Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharaj says Madiba's condition got worse over the past 48 hours. Madiba is now spending his 20th day in hospital.


Shortly before10 o'clock on Wednesday night, President Zuma, accompanied by a 12 car convoy, visited Madiba at the Pretoria hospital. Later that night as local and international journalists camped in the streets outside the hospital, news broke that Zuma had cancelled his scheduled trip to Mozambique. He was due to attend the SADC Infrastructure Investment Conference which starts in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, on Friday morning.


Madiba's family members, including his children, grandchildren and his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, have visited him daily in hospital. It's believed his wife, Graca Machel, has constantly been at his side.


Reporters continue to brave the Pretoria winter chill outside the hospital, as the world's eyes remain glued on South Africa for updates on Madiba's condition.


Security remains tight at the medical facility.

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