Nelson Mandela in Critical Condition

South African President Zuma cancelled a trip to join Mandela's family at the hospital.
2:06 | 06/27/13

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breaking news on nelson mandela, the freedom fighter and former president is surrounded by family at the hospital. The current south african president jacob zuma is there, too. He canceled a trip to be close to mandela. Ron claiborne is there, too. Good morning, ron. Reporter: That's right. The president zuma was supposed to be in mozambique this morning. But he called off that trip late last night because of the downturn in nelson mandela's condition. Considered very critical. There are reports that he's now on life support. And more family members than usual have been gathering at the hospital this morning. Also, president obama due here on friday, friday night. It's been said that he will not be able to meet with former president nelson mandela. All of these ominous signs in pretoria. And nelson mandela's oldest daughter saying a short while ago, he does not look good. And anything is imminent. Her words. But she says he's opening his eyes. And a granddaughter of nelson mandela saying he is in critical condition but stable. He seems to be holding on to life with the same tenacity that he had throughout his life. And so revered, all across the world. I know president zuma has been trying to prepare the country for mandela's passing. Is the sense of acceptance settling in? Reporter: George, I think intellectually people have gotten accustomed to the idea that nelson mandela, at the age of 94, almost 95, and very ill, is likely in the final stages of his life. And we've been seeing crowds behind us, joyful crowds, really celebrating nelson mandela, honoring him in song and dance. It's one thing intellectually to accept the idea, in this man, this father, that he may die. Emotionally, no doubt, it is going to be a jolt when that day comes. And that day could be coming -- could be coming soon.

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