Johannesburg: South Africa's Presidency has accused media of crossing the boundaries of medical ethics while covering the deteriorating health condition of the country's revered statesman Nelson Mandela.

The Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Mandela's privacy and dignity is at stake. "The doctors have indicated very firmly that some of the reporting is transgressing on medicals ethics, not just in relation to doctor/patient confidentially, but in relation to the way in which doctors are being interviewed for their opinion," Maharaj said.

There were no plans to change the current method of updating the nation and the world, he said, adding that there was an agreement in place with the Mandela family that there would be one source of information.

The 94-year-old icon is being treated at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria after being admitted two weeks ago for a recurring lung infection.

(Agencies)

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