Leaked court documents showed that South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is in a “perilous” condition on life support. The papers were submitted by Mandela’s relatives on June 28 as part of legal efforts to retrieve the remains of 3 of his children. Quoting from the court documents, the South African Mail & Guardian weekly paper said, “Nelson Mandela’s health is perilous. (An) affidavit will be provided from physicians that he is assisted in breathing by a life support machine.” Mandela’s relatives said they wanted to bury him in the same place where his descendants’ remains lie. The remains of his 3 children earlier moved by his oldest grandson had been ordered to be immediately returned to Mandela’s childhood village of Qunu. The presidency had described his condition as “critical but stable” but without much detail.
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