Johannesburg - The Southern African Development Community [SADC] has sent a message of support to South Africa as former president Nelson Mandela remained ill in hospital, the SABC reported on Thursday.
"We would like to address our comfort messages to the people of South Africa and the message of friendship and solidarity," SADC chairperson Armando Guebuza said in Maputo on Thursday, according to the broadcaster's website.
"We are together with President [Jacob] Zuma and his people, we are together."
Guebuza was speaking at the SADC Summit on trade and infrastructure in Mozambique's capital.
Zuma cancelled his visit to the event after visiting Mandela in hospital.
The SABC reported that Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the outgoing president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), had also sent a message of support and had lauded Madiba as a moral authority for political leadership.
"Nelson Mandela has been a symbol of the resistance against racism and apartheid and has become a symbol for a sort of moral authority for political leadership," he said.
"That makes him a very remarkable figure in modern politics."