South African president says Nelson Mandela was 'asleep' during nighttime visit to hospital

  • Article by: CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 24, 2013 - 2:00 PM

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's president on Monday said a critically ill Nelson Mandela was "asleep" when he visited the 94-year-old at the hospital, and he urged the country to pray for Mandela, describing him as the "father of democracy" who made extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of his people.

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