Mandela completes one month in hospital, still critical

Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela on Sunday completed a month in hospital.

Graca Machel, the wife of Mandela, has provided emotional stability during her husband’s lengthy hospital stay, media here reported.
Mandela is revered for leading the fight against white minority rule in the African country and then preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years.

Mandela, regarded the founding father of South Africa’s multiracial democracy, served as the country’s first black president from 1994 to 1999. He left power after five years as president.

Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He retired from public life in 2004 and has rarely been seen at official events since. Mandela turns 95 on July 18.


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