Mandela remains 'critical but stable'

JOHANNESBURG Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:21am EDT

1 of 7. Boys stand in front of messages of support for former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated in Pretoria June 29, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Kevin Coombs

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African president Nelson Mandela's condition remains "critical but stable" but the government hopes the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero will be out of hospital soon, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

"We hope that very soon he will be out of hospital," Zuma said at a televised press conference with visiting U.S. President Barack Obama. Mandela has been in hospital for three weeks for treatment for a recurring lung infection.

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard and Ed Cropley; Editing by Ed Cropley)