n18
NEWS|Current Affairs 
   |
Photo: Getty Images

South Africa's ailing peace icon Nelson Mandela has been put on a life-support system following deterioration of his health, three weeks after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was hospitalised with a recurring lung infection. "Mandela is on life support in the Pretoria Heart Clinic where he has been fighting a recurrent lung infection since June 8," The Citizen' newspaper reported on Wednesday.

As the country remained on edge, Congress of Traditional Leaders' president Phathekile Holomisa said Mandela's critical condition is cause for great concern. If it was up to him, he'd ask the Creator to make a quick decision on the international icon's life, state broadcaster SABC quoted Holomisa as saying.

Though there was no official update on the globally revered statesman's medical condition today, the SABC report said only Mandela's personal physician VJ Ramlakan has been seen entering the premises of the hospital. No family members or government officials visited Mandela in hospital on Wednesday, it said.

According to The Citizen' newspaper, five highly-placed sources close to the family, including two who had recently visited Mandela in hospital, said the leader's health has deteriorated to the point where he is breathing with the assistance of a life support ventilator. The revelation came as a group of elders of the AbaThembu clan, to which Mandela belongs, will assess his condition during a visit to his hospital today to decide on a course of action, according to the daily The Times.

A source told the daily that Mandela is suffering from kidney failure and is undergoing renal dialysis for three hours every second day. "He is critical, but has an entire team of doctors, from a cardiac specialist, pulmonary specialist, kidney specialist and a main consultant looking after him," the source said, adding the doctors have given the family the option to switch off the life support machines.

A meeting was called yesterday by Mandela's eldest daughter Makaziwe at his ancestral home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province during which it was decided that that the elders and Mandela's confidants would visit Mandela at the hospital. However, reports from the Presidency only confirmed that Mandela remains in a critical condition. As South Africans steeled themselves for the worst, the family turned to prayer.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate served as South Africa's first black president from 1994 to 1999 and is widely regarded as the father of the nation for leading the struggle against apartheid and for democracy.

Tag : #Hospitalised #south africa #Nelson Mandela #Democracy #Nobel laureate #life support system #anti-apartheid

S-Korea ferry disaster: Transcript reveals confusion over evacuation

from firstpost

S-Korea ferry disaster: Transcript reveals confusion over evacuation

Jindo, South Korea: Divers continued the grim work of recovering bodies from inside a sunken South Korean ferry Monday, as a newly released transcript showed the ship was crippled by confusion and ind...


Pakistani man accused of attempting to rape Indian boy

from firstpost

Pakistani man accused of attempting to rape Indian boy

Dubai: A 57-year-old Pakistani man has been accused of luring an 11-year-old Indian schoolboy to the washroom of a mosque in Dubai and attempting to rape him. According to the charge-sheet, the suspec...

Defence ministry recommends Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag as new Army Chief

from firstpost

Defence ministry recommends Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag as new Army Chief

New Delhi: Notwithstanding objections by BJP, the defence ministry is going ahead with the process of appointing the new Army Chief and has recommended the name of Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Dalb...

BJP pulls up Giriraj Singh for comments on Modi critics

from firstpost

BJP pulls up Giriraj Singh for comments on Modi critics

New Delhi: BJP today distanced itself fromits Bihar leader Giriraj Singh's 'back Narendra Modi or go toPakistan' remark with the party saying that he has beenconveyed the "displeasure" of th...

41 killed in Pakistan bus accident

from firstpost

41 killed in Pakistan bus accident

Islamabad: At least 41 people were killed and many others were injured when a passenger bus hit a truck-trailer in Pakistan's south Sukkur district.The accident took place near Pano Akil town of the S...

Eight months after murder, police fail to arrest Dabholkar's killers

from firstpost

Eight months after murder, police fail to arrest Dabholkar's killers

Pune (Maharashtra): The sensational murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar is yet to be solved eight months after he was was gunned down while on a morning walk here, creating a nationwide furore.Tw...

Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts

from firstpost

Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts

JINDO/MOKPO South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors investigating a ferry disaster said on Sunday they would seek to extend the detention of the ship's captain and two other crew by 10 days a...