June 27 - Nelson Mandela's granddaughter Ndileka says his condition is ''stable'', while a presidential spokesman says the ailing former president is still in a critical condition. Miriam Berger reports.
Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in hospital on Thursday, though family members described him as "stable". Granddaughter Ndileka, surrounded by dozens of camera crews outside the Pretoria hospital, also expressed thanks for messages of support. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NDILEKA MANDELA, RESPONDING TO QUESTION ABOUT HER GRANDFATHER, NELSON, SAYING; "He's stable. He's in a stable condition. We are quite anxious, but we thank everyone for their support." Earlier, a presidential spokesman said Mandela was still critical, forcing President Zuma to abandon a planned trip to Mozambique. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON MAC MAHARAJ SAYING: "President Zuma visited former President Nelson Mandela in hospital yesterday evening on 26th June around 2200 South African time and found him still to be in a critical condition. President Zuma was briefed by the doctors who are still doing everything they can to ensure his well-being." South Africans have been preparing for Mandela's passing, holding vigils and prayer sessions for the nation's revered father figure. Mandela had already spent 20 days in the hospital, his fourth hospitalization in six months.