Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in hospital this morning as his daughter said the family will let God decide when it is time for him to go.
The 94-year-old former South African president suffered a sudden deterioration in his health last night after being admitted to hospital two weeks ago for treatment for a recurrent lung infection.
It is not known whether Mandela is on life-support - only that he is in a 'critical condition'.
But his eldest daughter Makaziwe Mandela has revealed the family will not end his medical treatment and only God can decide when his time has come to die.
South African authorities have announced that former president Nelson Mandela is in a 'critical condition'. He has been in hospital for two weeks for a recurring lung infection
We will not release him: Mandela's eldest daughter Makaziwe said his family will let God decide when the leader dies and they will not 'release him'
'My dad hasn’t said that to us. So these people who want to talk about, you know, release him, he hasn’t said we should release him and we haven’t come to the end yet. It is only God who knows the end.
In an interview with CNN, she added that she believed her father, who she said can still open his eyes, was at peace. She said: 'Yes, I believe he is at peace. He is at peace with himself. He has given so much to the world I believe he is at peace.'
His granddaughter Ndileka Mandela added: 'He's fighting spirit is what amazes me. I don't know what keeps him fighting and he is stoic and determined, that I will end things my way. Not any other person's way.
'I strongly feel that whatever covenant he has made with his ancestors and god has not been fulfilled, when that is fulfilled he will bow out in a way that he chooses.'
Support: Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe Mandela, accompanied by a family friend Bantu Holomisa, arrive at Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, Gauteng, today
Mandela's daughter Makaziwe Mandela pictured center with granddaughters Tukwini Mandela, left, and Ndileka Mandela, right, arrive at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated earlier this month
South African President Jacob Zuma, pictured with Mr Mandela in April, said: 'Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands'
Former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela leaves the Pretoria hospital where Mandela is being treated in this June 14 picture
Legacy: Mandela has been vulnerable to respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27 years behind bars under apartheid.
Well-wishers: Balloons and letters wishing Nelson Mandela well are displayed at the entrance of the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where the former South African President is being treated
Heartfelt: Flowers and messages of support have been left outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa, today
Beloved: Art work by pre-school children wishing former South African President Nelson Mandela well are displayed at the entrance of the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria today
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