Friday in Pretoria, South Africa, people gathered outside a hospital to pray for former President Nelson Mandela. He remains in critical condition with a lung infection. Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images The Two-Way Mandela Is 'Inspiration To The World,' Obama Says June 29, 2013 Using Mandela's clan name, by which the anti-apartheid hero is affectionately known, Obama hailed Madiba's "moral courage." Mandela, whose 95th birthday is less than three weeks away, is in critical condition with a lung infection. Obama is on a previously scheduled visit to South Africa.