JOHANNESBURG -- Former President Nelson Mandela's health remains critical but stable, the South African government said Saturday, but doctors are required to make "medical interventions" when his health becomes unstable, according to a statement released by the office of President Jacob Zuma.
Mr. Mandela, South Africa's first black president, is 95 and has been in the hospital since June. He was first admitted for a recurrence of a lung infection, the government said, but his health has deteriorated and he has been in critical condition for months.
Doctors treating Mr. Mandela said that he had shown "great resilience," the government said.
Mr. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for fighting against the policies of white supremacy in South Africa, emerging from his imprisonment without bitterness to lead his country to a peaceful end to apartheid. In 1994, he was elected president in a landslide and served a single term.
Mr. Mandela has been in fragile health for some time, retiring from public life in 2004. He was last seen in public in 2010.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.