Mandela's condition still critical

JOHANNESBURG — Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital, President Jacob Zuma told journalists at a packed news briefing Monday, calling on people to pray for his recovery and the media not to demand details of his treatment or condition.

With South Africans deeply anxious about Mandela's survival, Zuma, and his spokesman Mac Maharaj, called on journalists to respect the dignity and privacy of the former president and his family.

"Doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well being and comfort," Zuma said.

Mandela has suffered repeated lung infections in recent years, after suffering tuberculosis during his 27-year prison term for fighting against apartheid.

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