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Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 7:44am
CNN — People were singing and dancing Thursday outside of the hospital where Nelson Mandela is in critical condition.
Mandela's health has deteriorated and he's been in critical condition according to the South African government.
South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, visited Mandela on Sunday and he was told by Mandela's doctors that Mandela's condition had become critical.
Zuma said doctors are trying to improve Mandela's condition.
Mandela was taken to the hospital June 8th with a recurring lung infection.
He was jailed for 27 years by the Apartheid government and contracted tuberculosis during that time.
Mandela is seen around the world as a symbol of reconciliation.