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article imageFW de Klerk returning to South Africa for Nelson Mandela

By Anne Sewell     Jun 30, 2013 in World
Pretoria - Former South African president FW de Klerk is cutting short his European trip due to the ill health of former president Nelson Mandela, currently in a stable condition in hospital in Pretoria.
De Klerk's foundation said on its website on Saturday: "Mr FW de Klerk and his wife Elita have decided to suspend their current working visit and holiday in Europe because of Mr Mandela's medical condition."
"They will arrive back in Cape Town tomorrow [Sunday]. Their thoughts are with the Mandela family during this difficult time and they join in the prayers for an improvement in Mr Mandela's health."
While De Klerk and his wife will be in the country, there is no information as to whether his predecessor will be visiting Mandela in the hospital.
Mandela was admitted to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria three weeks ago.
According to President Jacob Zuma, Mandela's condition remains critical, but stable.
At a press briefing on Saturday, Zuma said, "We're hoping that it [Mandela's health] is going to improve."
"I think with all the prayers and good wishes that are being made, certainly it would do something," he added.
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