Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela's condition
has improved, the presidency said on Thursday.
"President Jacob Zuma visited former president Nelson
Mandela in hospital in Pretoria today, 27 June, and was informed by the medical
team that Madiba's condition has improved during the course of the night.
He remains critical but is now stable.
"I cancelled my visit to Mozambique today so that I
could see him and confer with the doctors. He is much better today than he was
when I saw him last night. The medical team continues to do a sterling job. We
must pray for Tata’s health and wish him well. We must also continue with our
work and daily activities while Madiba remains hospitalised," Zuma said.
The presidency also said it is disturbed by the rumours that
are being spread about Mandela’s health, and appealed for respect for the
privacy and dignity of the former president.