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Nelson Mandela doctors have advised his family to turn off his life support machine ,court documents dated June 26th and obtained by AFP on Thursday.

Doctors said that Nelson Mandela was in a “permanent vegetative state” and advised his family to turn off his life support machine.

“He is in a permanent vegetative state and is assisted in breathing by a life support machine,” said a legal filing related to a family dispute over reburying the remains of three f Mandela’s children. “The Mandela family have been advised by the medical practitioners that his life support machine should be switched off.

Nelson Mandela in Critical Condition

His wife , Graca Machel however criticize the  information in the document .Machel seemed really affected about the controversy that she had spoken publicly for the first time. She said that her husband is “fine” and not experiencing anything suggestive of terrible pain.

Ms Machel said, although Madiba sometimes may be uncomfortable, very few times he is in pain, but he is fine.”

Mr Zuma’s spokesman, Mac Maharaj’s opinion of the matter was that the lawyers speaking in  behalf of the family members had overstated Mr Mandela’s condition written in the leaked court document.

Mr Maharaj said, “We have reported even today as a result of President Zuma’s visit that Madiba remains in a critical but stable condition and that is based on Mr Zuma going to the hospital and being briefed by the doctors. Certainly in that statement, there is no suggestion that he is in a vegetative state.”