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Barack Obama to visit Mandela family in South Africa tour

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US President Barack Obama is to meet members of Nelson Mandela's family during his visit to South Africa, the White House says - reports BBC.

But officials confirmed that the president will not see the ailing leader himself, who is in a critical conditions in hospital.

Mr Obama's Air Force One landed in Pretoria on Friday evening, as part of his three-country tour of Africa.

He is holding talks with his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma.

The US president has described Mr Mandela as a "hero for the world".

Mr Mandela, who is 94, is critically ill in hospital, where he was admitted on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

His ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, said on Friday she felt it would not be right for President Obama to visit him while he was in a critical condition.

"I'm not a doctor but I can say that from what he was a few days ago there is great improvement, but clinically he is still unwell," she said.

Mr Obama, who is travelling with his family, arrived in South Africa from Senegal on Friday evening.

During his weekend trip, the US president will visit Robben Island, where Mr Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.

He is also expected to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and give a major speech at the University of Cape Town. The address is due to take place on Sunday night.

On Friday, Mr Obama had said it was unlikely he would see Mr Mandela, saying he did not "need a photo op" with him.

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