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Mandela concious, aware: Seoka

In this file photo, a 5-month-old boy is helped to place flowers in support of ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela in front of the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital.

In this file photo, a 5-month-old boy is helped to place flowers in support of ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela in front of the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital.

Published Aug 7, 2013

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Pretoria - Former president Nelson Mandela is conscious, but still in a critical condition, Anglican Bishop Joe Seoka said on Wednesday.

The ailing former statesman is conscious and aware, Seoka told reporters outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, in Pretoria, where Mandela is being treated.

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Seoka, who is the president SA Council Of Churches, said Mandela's wife Graca Machel had informed them of his condition.

The bishop was part of a group of religious leaders from the SA Council of Churches who delivered prayers for Mandela and ministered to his family.

They did not go into the room was Mandela was being treated.

“We did not see him,” said Seoka. “We prayed in a room reserved for visitors.”

Asked whether Mandela would be discharged soon, Seoka said he had no information on that.

Mandela has been in hospital for almost two months. He was admitted to hospital on June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

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