June 24 - South Africans pray for former President Nelson Mandela's recovery after officials said he was in critical condition. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
South Africans on Monday waited for news on former South Africa's President Nelson Mandela's health, after the presidency said his condition had worsened. Mandela's condition deteriorated to "critical" on Sunday, the government said, two weeks after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The worsening of his condition is bound to concern South Africa's 53 million people, for whom Mandela remains the architect of a peaceful transition to democracy in 1994 after three centuries of white domination. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT, NERISSA, SAYING: "I'm hoping he gets well, he is in our prayers every time so, yeah, hopefully he will get better. We know he will, he is in our thoughts, in our prayers everytime." A government statement said President Jacob Zuma and the deputy leader of the ruling African National Congress, Cyril Ramaphosa, visited Mandela in his Pretoria hospital, where doctors said his condition had gone downhill in the last 24 hours.