Wellwishers release balloons outside the hospital where ailing former South African president Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

The South African government has denied reports that former president Nelson Mandela is in a permanent vegetative state on a life-support machine. Spo(...)

Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital, President Jacob Zuma said this morning. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital, President Jacob Zuma said this morning.“Doctors are doing e(...)

Former South African president Nelson Mandela who has been taken to hospital, where he is in a “serious but stable condition”, a government spokesman said. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela’s recovery today as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung inf(...)

A file image of former South African president Nelson Mandela. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela was in a “serious but stable” condition today after being taken to hospital with(...)

Well-wishers have been leaving goodwill messages written on stones and placed inside planters outside of former South Africa president Nelson Mandela's residence in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former South African president Nelson Mandela is in hospital for a sixth day as he recovers from pneumonia. The government is expected t(...)