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JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A granddaughter of Nelson Mandela says the former South African president remains in critical condition.

The granddaughter, Ndileka Mandela, made the comment Thursday when she and other family members stepped outside the Pretoria hospital treating 94-year-old Mandela to collect flowers and messages of support that were left outside the building.

Ndileka Mandela also describes her grandfather's condition as stable, indicating it had not changed since the government said on Sunday that Mandela's health had deteriorated to a critical state.

The granddaughter says it has been a difficult situation for the family, especially because they are coping with Mandela's illness in the public eye.

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