Mandela Said to Be in Critical Condition

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Policemen stand at the entrance of the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on June 23, 2013 where former South African President Nelson Mandela is staying. Nelson Mandela is in a critical condition in hospital, the South African presidency said Sunday, 16 days after as the anti-apartheid icon was admitted with a recurrent lung infection. 'The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical,' Mac Maharaj, presidential spokesman, said in a statement. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

Nelson Mandela has lapsed into critical condition, according to South African President Jacob Zuma. The former South African leader has been struggling to overcome a lung infection for the last two weeks at a Pretoria hospital. A government spokesman declined to give more information except to say that his condition is "worse than serious" and that he is "receiving intensive-care treatment." Mandela, who is 94 years old, has had a series of respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27-year stint in prison for opposing apartheid.