Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter
says the family is taking it one day at a time as her father remains in a
critical condition in a Pretoria hospital, but she believes he is at peace
"All we do every day is take one day at a time and pray
to the good Lord," Makaziwe Mandela told CNN.
"All I pray for as a daughter is that the transition is
smooth.... He is at peace with himself. He has given so much to the world. I
believe he is at peace."
The family was unsettled by some media reports.
"Nelson Mandela's blood runs through these veins. Our
veins. Give us the space to be with our father. Whether these are the last
moments with us to be with our dad, or there is still a longer, but they must
CNN reported that she also addressed how much medical
treatment her father should receive.
"In our culture, the Tembu culture... you never release
the person unless the person has told you: 'Please my children, my family,
release me.' My dad hasn't said that to us.
"So these people who want to talk about, you know,
release him: he hasn't said we should release him and we haven't come to the
end yet. It is only God who knows the end."
Meanwhile, people waited with bated breath for news about
Nelson Mandela on Monday morning after the presidency said his condition was
"The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who
is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," the presidency
said on Sunday night.
The 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon has been in hospital
since 8 June, fighting a lung infection.
The announcement followed a visit by President Jacob Zuma
and African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa who were told by
the medical team that Mandela's condition had become critical in the past
They also met Mandela's wife Graca Machel to discuss his
"The doctors are doing everything possible to get his
condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well looked after and is
comfortable," Zuma said. "He is in good hands.
Zuma asked that everybody pray for Mandela, his family and
the medical team caring for him.
The ANC noted the news "with concern".
"The ANC joins the presidency in calling upon all of us
to keep president Mandela, his family and his medical team in our thoughts and
prayers during this trying time," it said.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate's condition was soon trending
News crews returned to the hospital and to his home in
Houghton to be in place for any updates.