According to an official briefed on his condition, South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela is currently on life support.
He has been hospitalized since June 8 with a lung infection.
Mandela’s family has yet to confirm this situation.
Authorities have described his condition as critical since Sunday, and President Jacob Zuma said earlier Wednesday that Mandela’s condition remained unchanged, South Africa’s national news agency reported.
In a statement issued late Tuesday, the government said Mandela’s doctors “continue to do their best to ensure his recovery, well-being and comfort.”
As the nation remained on edge, police barricaded the street leading to the hospital’s main entrance. Well-wishers hung balloons, stuffed animals and messages of support along the wall outside his Pretoria hospital. Crowds hovering nearby sang “Where is Mandela?”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Nelson Mandela and his family at this time.
We will keep you updated on Mr. Mandela’s condition as more information becomes available.